Magnolia

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    A wonderful mess.

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    What this film may have needed to get on its feet is some honest-to-goodness violence.

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    One of the most enthralling and exhilarating American movies in ages.

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    All the work is top-notch.

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    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.

    3/4
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    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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    Magnolia makes it three-for-three for writer and director Paul Thomas Anderson

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    It's an audacious, hilarious, deeply affecting three-hour tapestry.

    4/4
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    An impressive piece of work with some fine acting that makes holding our interest for three-plus hours seem easy.

    4/5
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    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.

    2/4
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    Nearly as impressive as Anderson's rapport with his actors is his use of parallel action to juggle their performances.

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    What leaves you breathless, though, is the knockout acting by the cast.

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    I wish I could join in the chorus of praise...

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    Sprawling mess of a film.

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    The botanical implications are apt: Paul Thomas Anderson's big, showy flower of a movie unfurls brilliantly.

    B+
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    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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    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.

    4/4
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    Magnolia is Short Cuts with hope. It's my kind of mess.

    3/4
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    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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    Standout performances include those given by Waters, Reilly, and especially Tom Cruise, ferociously alive after sleepwalking through that Kubrick movie.

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    Anderson was better off dealing with what goes into the mouths of babes than what comes out of them.

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    Magnolia towers over most Hollywood films this year.

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    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.

    3/4
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    A rich and imaginative musical score.

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    Anderson considers himself an actor's director, but he's something far less romantic: a star-struck enabler.

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    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.

    4/5
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    A fascinating film from a director of great skill and even greater promise.

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    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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    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.

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    Those who 'get' the film are in for something that ranks as more of a cinematic experience than a mere movie.

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    Too lengthy and jangled to properly serve Anderson's purpose.

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    A remarkably inventive and audacious film.

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