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Magnolia Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 28, 2008
A wonderful mess.
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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.
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
All the work is top-notch.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
You don't have to like everything [Anderson] does, but if you enjoy seeing the walls rattled and the roof raised in the Hollywood citadel, you've got to love it.
| Original Score: 3/4
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January 15, 2002
You could spend three hours snickering at Anderson's 'What the World Needs Now Is Aimee Mann' metaphysic. But his vision cuts deeper than a lot of folky bathos.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 10, 2001
Magnolia makes it three-for-three for writer and director Paul Thomas Anderson
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
It's an audacious, hilarious, deeply affecting three-hour tapestry.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Anderson was better off dealing with what goes into the mouths of babes than what comes out of them.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Nearly as impressive as Anderson's rapport with his actors is his use of parallel action to juggle their performances.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
A rich and imaginative musical score.
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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.
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Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
A fascinating film from a director of great skill and even greater promise.
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
January 1, 2000
Sprawling mess of a film.
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
January 1, 2000
A remarkably inventive and audacious film.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
The more you think about Magnolia -- the dry wit, the bravura staging, the intricate design, the wondrous performances -- the better and more unusual the film seems.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
The most imperfect of the year's best movies, Magnolia's flaws are easily forgiven because they are the result of go-for-broke ambition.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
An impressive piece of work with some fine acting that makes holding our interest for three-plus hours seem easy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Ansen
Newsweek
January 1, 2000
Magnolia towers over most Hollywood films this year.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
I wish I could join in the chorus of praise...
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Ernest Hardy
Film.com
January 1, 2000
What leaves you breathless, though, is the knockout acting by the cast.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
Magnolia knows that life's randomness can also produce hope, humor and love. And it shows that in ways that more calculated feelgood movies can't fathom.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Those who 'get' the film are in for something that ranks as more of a cinematic experience than a mere movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
January 1, 2000
Too lengthy and jangled to properly serve Anderson's purpose.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
The botanical implications are apt: Paul Thomas Anderson's big, showy flower of a movie unfurls brilliantly.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
At the Movies
January 1, 2000
Magnolia is the kind of film I instinctively respond to. Leave logic at the door. Do not expect subdued taste and restraint, but instead a kind of operatic ecstasy.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
In the most amazing performance of many here, Tom Cruise plays the charismatic guru of a cultish self-help 'seminar' for would- be macho lady-killers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Magnolia is Short Cuts with hope. It's my kind of mess.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
Unlike the flashy but hollow Boogie Nights or the studied tough-guy attitude of Hard Eight, Magnolia grounds its stylistic pyrotechnics with genuine emotion.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
What Anderson lacks in substance is offset by his great skill with actors, his gift for shaping resonant little individual vignettes and his extraordinary intuition.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Standout performances include those given by Waters, Reilly, and especially Tom Cruise, ferociously alive after sleepwalking through that Kubrick movie.