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Boogie Nights Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 4, 2010
Boogie Nights, an epic tale of porn, pleasure, and excess, offers a purer hit of exhilaration than any movie this year.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
Not since the mysteriously reclusive Terrence Malick has there been such an explosion of sheer talent on the American movie scene.
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
May 1, 2006
Considering the potentially explosive nature of the yarn, set in the porn world, Anderson's strategy is remarkably nonjudgmental and nonsensationalistic, largely due to his love and respect for all the characters and his impressive storytelling skills.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
February 9, 2006
In terms of sweep, ambition and precocious cinematic competence, it heralds the arrival of a new talent.
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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
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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
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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
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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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USA Today
January 1, 2000
A concise, vigorously told yarn with a strong point of view and a deftly juggled cast containing at least a few familiar faces.
| Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 3/4