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Boogie Nights Reviews

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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.
January 1, 2000
Seldom have I taken such an active dislike to a widely acclaimed picture.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
August 20, 2009
Call it the consummate example of director-as-DJ, at least for now.
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
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
November 1, 2002
...scrupulous about presenting these guileless, sad creatures to the point that they seem less than interesting.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: B
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
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
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
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.
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
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
July 23, 2007
Probably the most enjoyable complete overrated swipe ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 25, 2012
Unflinching look at porn industry; lots of sex, drugs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
February 9, 2006
In terms of sweep, ambition and precocious cinematic competence, it heralds the arrival of a new talent.
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
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
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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