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Magnolia Reviews

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Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show
July 19, 2014
Go see it for yourself. And don't be surprised if you want to see it again and again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Keyes
August 22, 2013
As the years pass and we are weathered by universal experiences, the predicaments of Anderson's characters seem less pathetic and more like the plight of everyone we love and admire.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 18, 2011
Short Cuts is clearly the starting point, but not the ending point for a movie that is probably the most overstuffed with ideas of anything in Paul Thomas Anderson's career.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
January 22, 2010
A decade after its release, P.T. Anderson's emotionally epic Magnolia gets the glorious Blu-ray treatment it deserves. This Altman-esque mosaic follows several disparate L.A. citizens on one rainy day, as they navigate through mistakes and torrenti
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 10, 2010 finally slumps down under its own weight and becomes a shambles. But, dang, it's such an attractive shambles.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Cole Smithey
April 13, 2009
Just as something so reliably surprising as the weather can modify people's behavior, "Magnolia" encompasses an inter-connective human bond that accepts reality's blind spots. Purity of intention, as the story suggests, is a happy accident that can hit ev
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 28, 2008
A wonderful mess.

April 28, 2008
Magnolia's finest achievement is the sheer ambition running through every vein.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 3, 2008
Undeniably one of the most emotionally-draining films ever made...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 29, 2007
There's a lot of really neat, cool honestly imaginative stuff in Magnolia, but it's hardly the best movie I've seen in the past month.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 82/100
Rob Gonsalves
September 27, 2007
Magnolia is a mess, but it's somehow encouraging: It takes a gifted director to make a movie this extravagantly foolish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Easily one of the best of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
What this film may have needed to get on its feet is some honest-to-goodness violence.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
One of the most enthralling and exhilarating American movies in ages.
Chris Gore
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
A bold move for Anderson, an amazing display of acting for Tom Cruise, and one of the best films of 1999.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
All the work is top-notch.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
I think Flannery O'Connor's philosophy -- that a desensitized culture sometimes need exaggerated, loud storytelling to reawaken it -- is the operating principle here.
Read More | Original Score: A
Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections
October 24, 2004
Marks the arrival of a great, if not the greatest, modern director
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 22, 2004
Anderson's movie has the audacity to expose the ugliness within a society that worships power and cherishes materialism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
January 9, 2004
If it is emotional cinema you seek then this, my friends, is for you.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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