Boogie Nights Reviews

March 28, 2019
A beautifully made survey of '70s excess, filtered through the trashy world of the burgeoning porno film industry in southern California.
January 10, 2018
The pop 1970s were typified in part by cheesy fashions, ephemeral music and a regular diet of daring, cutting-edge movies that arguably made that decade Hollywood's richest. Blistering Boogie Nights recaptures the spirit of that time on all three counts.
February 4, 2010
Boogie Nights, an epic tale of porn, pleasure, and excess, offers a purer hit of exhilaration than any movie this year.
April 27, 2007
Not since the mysteriously reclusive Terrence Malick has there been such an explosion of sheer talent on the American movie scene.
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.
February 9, 2006
In terms of sweep, ambition and precocious cinematic competence, it heralds the arrival of a new talent.
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.
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
Boogie Nights isn't just an expose of the porn industry -- it's a provocative and involving character study, as well.
January 1, 2000
As a writer and director, Paul Thomas Anderson is a skilled reporter who fills his screen with understated, authentic details.
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.
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.
January 1, 2000