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An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.

Actors: Michael Bowen , Melora Walters , Alfred Molina , Neil Flynn , Mark Flannagan , Genevieve Zweig , Pat Healy , Jason Robards , Philip Seymour Hoffman , Philip Baker Hall , Tom Cruise , John C. Reilly , William H. Macy , Julianne Moore
Directors: Paul Thomas Anderson
Country: USA
Release: 2000-01-07
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  • Roger Ebert

    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.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Michael Wilmington

    The kind of brilliantly weirdo picture that, by all rights, shouldn't have gotten made at all but this time, miraculously, was.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Hands-down the best movie of the year.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Wesley Morris


    San Francisco Examiner Full Review
  • F. X. Feeney

    Part poem, part jungle blossom, all brilliance.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Ernest Hardy

    What leaves you breathless, though, is the knockout acting by the cast. Full Review
  • David Ansen

    At its best, Magnolia towers over most Hollywood films this year.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Anderson must have needed that bonkers third-hour climax because there was nowhere to go short of spontaneous combustion.

    Slate Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    A quantum leap in ambition from "Hard Eight" and "Boogie Nights" and is, to my mind, much more interesting.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Mike Clark

    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.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Kevin Maynard

    An exhilarating and at times operatic film.

    Mr. Showbiz Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Anderson's big, showy flower of a movie unfurls brilliantly, each plot petal a thing of exquisite design. Then it ripens. Then it disintegrates, leaving a mess of color and a faint whiff of rot.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    If you thought "Boogie Nights" blew it in its final third, you ain't seen nothing yet.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • William Arnold

    Like Spielberg, even if the content is questionable or the performance is missing, his scenes always manage to be visually thrilling.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Anderson strikes a near flawless balance between looseness and structure, and indulges the occasional flight of cinematic fancy without undermining the movie's emotional integrity.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    Highly audacious, hugely enjoyable, exceptionally well-written, brilliantly edited, and exuberantly actor-driven extravaganza.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Drunk and disorderly on the pure joy of making movies. A frantic, flawed, fascinating film that is both impressive and a bit out of control, often at the same time.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Janet Maslin

    It's astonishing to see a film begin this brilliantly only to torpedo itself in its final hour.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Rita Kempley

    As intoxicating as the flower it's named for, and its characters, most of them as flawed and fascinating as the film itself, seem intoxicated by the overpowering scent.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Exhausting at times, frustrating in others, Magnolia is mostly just exhilarating, the product of a raw, vibrant talent finding his footing in an adult world -- and unafraid to make mistakes.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Anderson, 29, does so much in Magnolia, with such nerve, with wily humor and out-of-the-blue bravado, that the film's flaws and lapses don't really matter. It ain't perfect, but it's awe-inspiring.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Bob Graham

    At times, Anderson may be too brilliant for his own good, and there is a risk that viewers will tire of the director's relentlessly prowling camera.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Jay Carr

    Magnolia is "Short Cuts" with hope. It's my kind of mess.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    There is undeniable power in Magnolia, in which small moments of truth are given epic gravitas, not just by Anderson's adroit cinematic style (no one's camera is more restless or inquisitive), but by the wisdom and compassion of the characters he creates.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Emanuel Levy

    A remarkably inventive and audacious film that almost overcomes its flaws.

    Variety Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Unlike any other film released this past year, be it from the aspect of its storylines, of which there are many, or its emotional clarity, which is, quite frankly, brutal.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Charles Taylor

    None of the characters in Magnolia feel as vividly imagined as the porn stars and filmmakers and hangers-on of "Boogie Nights." Full Review
  • Richard Schickel

    A hard-striving, convoluted movie, which never quite becomes the smoothly reciprocating engine Anderson ...would like it to be.

    Time Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    There's precious little to think about despite the screenplay's comic-philosophical musings on fate and coincidence.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    But while this terrific cast gets to strut and preen, it's difficult to make an emotional connection with most of them.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Graham Verdon

    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.

    TNT RoughCut Full Review
  • Robert Wilonsky

    A brilliant piece of garbage -- mesmerizing, but only because you can't believe someone has the temerity to put so much into so little.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    A three-hour-and-10-minute exercise in slight characterization, pointlessly showy editing and vapid plotting.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    One of the best movies of the year--startling, innovative, hugely funny and powerfully, courageously moving.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
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