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Boogie Nights Reviews

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Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Director Paul Thomas Anderson is unsparing with his deluded characters and their giddy, chaotic age -- but he is never cruel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 11, 2002
If it weren't for the porn, drugs, and violence, this would be an ideal movie to take the kids to. It's all about belonging, and sticking with your family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Boogie Nights features an impressive ensemble cast, and there's not a supporting actor whose performance is less than impeccable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
With Boogie Nights we know we're not just watching episodes from disparate lives but a panorama of recent social history, rendered in bold, exuberant colors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
A well-crafted, well-acted entertainment but one that doesn't dig too deep into its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
Os diálogos são afiadíssimos, e Paul Thomas Anderson permite que seus atores se sintam livres para interpretar, sem preocupações com questões técnicas.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
Boogie Nights is a shockingly well-made film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 27, 2001
Anderson, a director who makes no secret of his admiration for both Scorsese and the similarly iconic Robert Altman is clearly talented but here, rather than being his own man, he only succeeds in flattering his idols.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 15, 2001
I want to write a long essay on this because it's a complicated film experience but it's really great! The acting is great, the review (this one) is poorly written
Full Review| Original Score: 5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
The film is bemused and entertained, as we are, by this pack of sexual extremists, and the eye it casts on them is both benevolent and wry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
A searing indictment of not only the adult entertainment industry, but the whole value-free Hollywood lifestyle of the late 1970s and 1980s. At the same time it has a certain sympathy for its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Everything about Boogie Nights is interestingly unexpected, even the few seconds of darkness before the film's neon title blasts onto the screen. The director, Paul Thomas Anderson, [displays talent that] is as big and exuberant as skywriting.
| Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Boogie Nights isn't just an expose of the porn industry -- it's a provocative and involving character study, as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Charles Taylor
January 1, 2000
Boogie Nights is truly audacious because Anderson doesn't beat you over the head with his daring. In the first half, he goes about turning conventional morality on its head nonchalantly, almost sweetly.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
As a writer and director, Paul Thomas Anderson is a skilled reporter who fills his screen with understated, authentic details.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
I understand what Anderson is trying to show -- that none of these folks are likely to meet with a good end -- but the last hour or so of the film drags on and on, violently and eventually pointlessly.
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
What's most fun and sophisticated here [is] the film's willful resistance, its twistings of its own stories, metaphors and meanings.
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
Technically brilliant, and with good acting, Boogie nights is a very good, but not great, film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
January 1, 2000
It does not dwell on the sex in a lurid manner, but neither is it judgmental toward porn makers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
Boogie Nights weaves a fascinating web of complex characters who are swept up in a tale of excess.
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