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Based on 28 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    With Boogie Nights, we know we're not just watching episodes from disparate lives but a panorama of recent social history, rendered in bold, exuberant colors. show more

  • 100
    Staff [Not Credited] USA Today

    With its ceaseless music, large canvas, shrewd casting and flawless ensemble acting and the dexterity of its whiplashing mood switches, the movie recalls Robert Altman's "Nashville" more than any subsequent movie has. show more

  • 100
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson has perfectly wedded form to function by filming Boogie Nights in a style suggesting the grainy texture of porn and the ambivalence of the era. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Has the quality of many great films, in that it always seems alive. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    A hard-core movie with a soft, light-hearted center and an edge like a knife. show more

  • 88
    G. Allen Johnson San Francisco Examiner

    I'm not sure all of this works out as convincingly as Anderson intends in the movie's somewhat unsatisfying ending, but getting there is a wickedly enjoyable journey. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Isn't just an expose of the porn industry -- it's a provocative and involving character study, as well. show more

  • 88
    Ann Hornaday Baltimore Sun

    A grand, sweeping nostalgia trip that evokes the sickness of an era even as it tries to find its essential humanity. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Heavily influenced by Quentin Tarantino's brand of quirky sensationalism, this high-energy saga by Paul Thomas Anderson goes a long way toward exposing the greed and stupidity of the pornography trade, then loses its moral compass and steers toward a sadly superficial ending. show more

  • 90
    Kevin Maynard Mr. Showbiz

    That rarest of independent films -- it's risky and exciting. show more

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