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Magnolia Reviews

April 28, 2008
A wonderful mess.
April 27, 2007
What this film may have needed to get on its feet is some honest-to-goodness violence.
June 24, 2006
One of the most enthralling and exhilarating American movies in ages.
July 21, 2005
All the work is top-notch.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
May 10, 2001
Magnolia makes it three-for-three for writer and director Paul Thomas Anderson
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 1, 2000
It's an audacious, hilarious, deeply affecting three-hour tapestry.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Anderson was better off dealing with what goes into the mouths of babes than what comes out of them.
January 1, 2000
Nearly as impressive as Anderson's rapport with his actors is his use of parallel action to juggle their performances.
January 1, 2000
A rich and imaginative musical score.
January 1, 2000
Anderson considers himself an actor's director, but he's something far less romantic: a star-struck enabler.
January 1, 2000
A fascinating film from a director of great skill and even greater promise.
January 1, 2000
Sprawling mess of a film.
January 1, 2000
A remarkably inventive and audacious film.
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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
January 1, 2000
Magnolia towers over most Hollywood films this year.
January 1, 2000
I wish I could join in the chorus of praise...
January 1, 2000
What leaves you breathless, though, is the knockout acting by the cast.
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.
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
January 1, 2000
Too lengthy and jangled to properly serve Anderson's purpose.
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+
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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
January 1, 2000
Magnolia is Short Cuts with hope. It's my kind of mess.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Standout performances include those given by Waters, Reilly, and especially Tom Cruise, ferociously alive after sleepwalking through that Kubrick movie.