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Based on 34 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 90
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

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

  • 75
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    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. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

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

  • 85
    Kevin Maynard Mr. Showbiz

    An exhilarating and at times operatic film. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

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

  • 100
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Hands-down the best movie of the year. show more

  • 100
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    Spellbinding. show more

  • November 06, 2011 foney372
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    Simply a messy masterpiece. Every performance in this film is speicla in its own way, but I would have to give it all to Tom Cruise, who stole almost the entire movie. Every time he came on my television screen, a struck of excitement hit me due to his character\'s emotions. This movie will hit you very hard. Paul Thomas Anderson has created a classic of the century.

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