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  • Magnolia a Magnanimous Magnum Opus

    Jan 31, 2006 by bilbopooh is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Movies
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: brilliant performances, interconnectedness, compassionate outlook
    Cons: some violence, considerable lewdness, prolific profanity

    Summary: I wasn’t sure what I would think of Magnolia when I set out to watch it last week. I’d heard of the movie but didn’t have any idea what it was about, only that it was stylistically unusual. When my brother’s friend Ian, who had brought it over, ... read more

  • In Bloom

    Jun 5, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Strong performances from Tom Cruise and Jason Robards.
    Cons: Julianne Moore and Bill Macy are off target with their performances.

    Summary: It's funny how your opinion of a given film can change in the span of eight years. I saw Paul Thomas Anderson's "Magnolia" just before its theatrical run ended in august of 1999. Back then, I rated it as a four star film. In 2008, I think that a ... read more

  • Complicated yet Beautiful

    Jan 3, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Great acting, beautifully filmed
    Cons: Very long - nearly 3 hours in length

    Summary: At nearly three hours long, Magnolia is an arduous cinematic experience. While taxing at times, the beautifully shot scenes and character development are simply incredible. The ensemble cast help to create an intricate storyline and an exciting overall ... read more

  • You're my steel Magnolia

    Dec 25, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Pacing. Script. Performances. Direction.
    Cons: Slightly slow beginning.

    Summary: Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia is easy to attack for its abundance of coincidences and deus-ex-machina-esque ending, but people fail to understand that those two factors are what it's all about. Writer/director Anderson manages to weave in many ... read more

  • Death, regret, drugs, and frogs

    Mar 20, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Script, amazing cast, cinematography, intriguing, some good direction
    Cons: Way too long, pacing problems

    Summary: "Magnolia" (1999) Review by Marshall Garvey Rating (0 to 5): 4 Credits: Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson Written by Anderson Produced by Anderson and Joanne Sellar Original music by Jon Brion, Fiona Apple, and Aimee Mann New Line ... read more

  • And The Frogs Arrived Just In Time!

    Feb 18, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great acting, interesting characters, Tom Cruise in a 'baddie' role.
    Cons: Ending is interesting but doesn't feel like it has come together well.

    Summary: Magnolia is by the same director that gave us Boogie Nights, P. T. Anderson. The movie follows a bunch of characters that are loosely connected to each other by a long-running game show, which pits the intellect of children against that of ... read more

  • It WiIl Hit You Hard

    Aug 27, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Captivating, great theme (the seeming randomness of life), super acting
    Cons: A bit too long

    Summary: A movie with a tragic-comic start, which sets the theme. And perhaps that is the reality of life. ... read more

  • Breaking of the Cycle

    Jan 17, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful superstructure of a film
    Cons: "a long way to go for no punch...a little moral...story I say.."

    Summary: I spend my life searching for and analyzing patterns in DNA. For this reason, I believe I fell in love with Magnolia for the embedded patterns and well-placed logic that organizes this gorgeous superstructure of a film. I've seen many critical ... read more

  • Hard questions with no easy answers.

    Nov 2, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: profound exploration of fascinating characters and the human condition.
    Cons: only if "depressing" is a con.

    Summary: I try not to throw superlatives around too much, but this is one of the best movies I've seen in quite some time. What is important to me in a story is character development, and the degree to which greater truths are explored, and this movie has both ... read more

  • Best movie I've seen in a long time

    Jul 25, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Original, creative, engrossing
    Cons: Depressing

    Summary: This is a great big bubbling stew of a movie, and director P.T. Anderson ("Boogie Nights") is an exuberant cook, throwing in ingredients no one has thought to combine before: heaping cups of Robert Altman-style interwoven stories -- seasoned with a ... read more

  • Magnolia 8:2

    Jun 9, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: dialogue, acting, visually stunning, hidden meanings
    Cons: dragged in some areas

    Summary: Paul Thomas Anderson and the majority of his cast from Boogie Nights are back, but this time they're not in headbands and bellbottoms, and they have a new edition in the mix with none other than Tom Cruise. Cruise is a stand-out in the film, playing an ... read more

  • A Penny's Worth of Thoughts You Might Take an Interest In

    Jan 18, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Outstanding performances and stories
    Cons: Very long

    Summary: Magnolia is the most recent movie by Paul Thomas Anderson, the director of the excellent Boogie Nights. It is several stories taking place in the San Fernando Valley of California. The intended theme of these stories is that the course of ... read more

  • A must see

    Dec 9, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: This is one of the best movies I have ever seen
    Cons: None

    Summary: I have seen Magnolia 5 times at least and love it more each time I see it. I must say this is truly one of the best films I have ever seen. Magnolia is that it is built loosely on the principal that people are connected by six degrees of ... read more

  • a film I passionately despise

    Sep 4, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: after what seemed like an eternity, it came to an end
    Cons: the list is too long to write here, see review body

    Summary: I love independent art house films just as much as the next pretentious yuppie, don't get me wrong, but they have to have a point. Now I will grant that it is possible that I completely missed the point of this "film," although I gave it plenty of ... read more

  • A Flower and a Frog: Review + Analysis

    Aug 19, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Just about everything
    Cons: Length will discourage viewers

    Summary: “And the book says we may be through with the past, but the past ain’t through with us.” -Magnolia “Magnolia” takes us on a ... read more

  • For the Best Use of amphibians in a feature film....(Future of Hollywood W/O)

    Aug 11, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Admission for one to a 3-hour film: $8.50; understanding you are not alone: priceless
    Cons: The storm scene is difficult for most to understand

    Summary: Our pain always seems deeper and more vivid to us than the despair of others; it is hard to concretely appreciate the angst others experience around us. Every day, our lives intersect with hundreds of other lives. Can it be possible that these souls ... read more

  • Absurd

    Jul 22, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: well acted, diverse story
    Cons: very weird.

    Summary: This movie has me confused. It doesn't really seem to have a point. It starts out with a narrator explaining some events that happened in the past that seem unrelated, then the next three hours focuses on the lives of several people who are all loosely ... read more

  • There is the story of....

    Jul 6, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Incredible acting, script and direction. Great specials on the DVD.
    Cons: Some will find it long, pretentious and boring. But not me.

    Summary: I first saw Magnolia in the cinema on a first date so unfortunately I was a bit distracted going into it. Sadly we forgot about each other as Magnolia unfolded on the screen in front of us. When we left i think we were a bit emotionally drained for a ... read more

  • Maybe I missed something, but even the title didn't make sense!

    Jul 5, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Hard-pressed to think of any.. What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger I guess.
    Cons: Long, boring, pointless. Need I go on?

    Summary: Three hours worth of unconnected, rambling, pointless plot, combined with natural disasters that, although amusing, served no practical purpose were the substance of this movie. I was told by many people before renting it, that you have to ... read more

  • Grandiflora It Ain't

    Jun 30, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Some stunning scenes with great acting.
    Cons: When out of ideas, throw in an biblical plague.

    Summary: Madame Rose called this morning. Margo Channing has been bad mouthing me and my infomercial ventures to the trades again so it's time to mount a counterattack in earnest. I was all for calling a press conference to denounce the harpy publicly as a ... read more

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