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Boogie Nights Reviews

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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.
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
January 1, 2000
Seldom have I taken such an active dislike to a widely acclaimed picture.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 20, 2009
Call it the consummate example of director-as-DJ, at least for now.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
With fewer characters, tighter editing, and a more focused story, it would have been much more palatable and enjoyable. At the theater I was in, the audience all looked exhausted when they left.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
On top of some preposterous and near-fatal plotting errors, Anderson makes the mistake of creating too many characters (supporting stars Graham and Cheadle don't get enough to do, while William H. Macy is wasted for the sake of a punchline).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 1, 2002
...scrupulous about presenting these guileless, sad creatures to the point that they seem less than interesting.
Full Review| Original Score: B
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 30, 2005
Anderson eloquently blends these characters together for a tantalizing seriocomic medley. He keeps his proceedings glossy and tantalizing, while steady and harshly real.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Anderson proves himself a bold stylist with his dark and colorful tale of the rise and fall of a makeshift family of L.A. porno stars and auteurs.
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
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Boogie Nights creates a very plausible look at a moment in the history of the pornographic film when it looked like it might get some respectability from the mainstream.
Full Review | Original Score: high +2 out of -4..+4
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
Probably the most enjoyable complete overrated swipe ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
July 25, 2012
Unflinching look at porn industry; lots of sex, drugs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
You'll need to swallow your preconceived notions, but I would not hesitate to recommend the film to just about anyone.
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Wally Hammond
Time Out
February 9, 2006
In terms of sweep, ambition and precocious cinematic competence, it heralds the arrival of a new talent.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
May 30, 2003
Anderson creates a strong ensemble piece that explores the reasons and motivations people got into making porn.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
March 19, 2003
Boogie Nights never exactly recovers the tightness of its first hour, but it certainly doesn't descend into permanent disorganization as some critics have charged.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
It simply tells a compelling story about shallow, damaged people trying in earnest to gain any kind of respect they can find, even through salacious means.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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