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Magnolia Reviews

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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
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
October 30, 2001
"Days of Our Lives" with better production values.
Read More | Original Score: 4/10
Victoria Alexander
January 1, 2000
Anderson has efficiently sabotaged and humiliated himself.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 21, 2002
Proves the truth of the old Zen adage: those who try too hard usually miss the target.
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
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Anderson considers himself an actor's director, but he's something far less romantic: a star-struck enabler.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
What, ultimately, *is* this jumbled mess about, anyway?
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Overlong, self-indulgent and often laughable.
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
January 1, 2000
Magnolia withers under the weight of its ambition.
Widgett Walls
January 1, 2000
An incredibly pretentious film in search of a point.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
January 1, 2000
Anderson is still a solid talent, but he should remember to explore his ideas in depth as well as breadth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Charles Taylor
January 1, 2000
Anderson was better off dealing with what goes into the mouths of babes than what comes out of them.
Graham Verdon
TNT's Rough Cut
January 1, 2000
I went into Magnolia like a kid running onto a beach with a pail and shovel ready to explore, only to find myself neck deep in quicksand three hours later, screaming for help.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Those willing to wait will find ample reward here. Those who want and expect prompt gratification will find an invitation to walk out at some point during the first 90 minutes of the picture.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
Only see Magnolia if you have a lot of time (and patience) on your hands.
Read More | Original Score: 5/10
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
I wish I could join in the chorus of praise...
Scott A. Mantz
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
If Anderson's story structure owes much to Robert Altman, then his directing style owes even more to Martin Scorsese.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
January 1, 2000
It turns out that Anderson tends to mistake redundancy for depth.
Tom Block
January 1, 2000
The biggest disappointment of the year.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
January 1, 2000
How did Paul Thomas Anderson attain the pinnacle of self-indulgence so quickly?
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