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This sprawling character study follows 10 people whose damaged lives intersect--often by sheer coincidence--during a single day in Southern California's San Fernando Valley.
Paul Thomas Anderson
Tom CruiseJulianne MooreJason Robards
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William H. MacyJohn C. ReillyPhilip Seymour HoffmanMelora WaltersPhilip Baker HallMelinda Dillon
Michael De LucaLynn HarrisJoanne SellarPaul Thomas Anderson
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RygaReviewed in the United States on May 25, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
One of the best Directed and Acted Super-Depressing Movies of All Time
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A fantastic cast. Superb direction and acting. And even a smattering of decent-people characters. But, overall, one of the most depressing movies I've seen in a long time. Very powerful what end? To make me feel like crap? I gave it two stars for the great performances, but wish I could unsee it.

I just don't see people suffering horribly and hurting others as entertainment. If you do, you'll probably love it.
15 people found this helpful
Eli GReviewed in the United States on July 23, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Complex, gripping drama from Paul Thomas Anderson
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A complex, intricately crafted character drama of monumental proportions. Featuring truly an ensemble cast, Magnolia never focuses too little or too much on any single character. Instead, it focuses on similarities, differences, and a great deal of parallels between characters and their lives. It explores symbolism and metaphor in the way only a Paul Thomas Anderson film can. If you are a fan of his work, don't let the run time dissuade you. The writing, direction, editing and cinematography draws you into this chaotic drama as few films do.
20 people found this helpful
JSSReviewed in the United States on September 2, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
You'll love it, or hate it. "It's ok" is an unlikely response to this movie.
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One of the most unexpected surprises of my movie going life. I saw this in the theater over 15 years ago. I had never heard of it, didn't know anything about it, didn't know who was in it, and had no expectations. I was just going to see a movie with a friend. I didn't even ask what we were seeing. And from the opening narrative scene, I immediately suspected I was in for a great movie. The cast is unbelievably deep. I've never been a Tom Cruise fan, but he absolutely NAILS this role. Having met some of these pickup "gurus" over the course of my life at various bars and clubs when I lived in and around L.A., I can say Cruise's take on them is SPOT ON! And I can't think of a disappointing performance. It is an INTENSE movie! I remember clutching my seat as if I was watching Saving Private Ryan for the first time. It was that kind of intensity. And for a movie that could not be further away from an all-time classic war movie? That's pretty special. It's probably not for everyone. But if you "get it", you'll LOVE IT!
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ZeldaReviewed in the United States on December 7, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
The most brilliant film of Paul Thomas Anderson's career
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What can I say? Paul Thomas Anderson's heart is on his sleeve in this film. The rules he breaks, will move you beyond belief. He is one of the most ingenious writer, director, producers in Hollywood and has been since he was 17 years old, winning Oscar's for "Boogie Nights." This masterpiece shows the best of Tom Cruise, the very best of Philip Seymour Hoffman (the soul of PTA's films). John C. Reilly is the sweetest thing as the muddled cop playing against an incredible performance by Melora Walters. Julianne Moore gives the performance of her career as the drug addled wife of a dying Jason Robards, who died within a year of making this film.William H. Macy will take you for an emotional, heart ride. It explores every aspect of pain, betrayal, honesty, sadness, hope, joy, death and more pain...and it all takes place in the intersection of Victory & Magnolia Avenue. Frogs and all. Thank you Paul. We love you.
19 people found this helpful
Mary MarinkovichReviewed in the United States on February 6, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Phillip Seymour Hoffman's Favorite Movie
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Phillip Seymour Hoffman said in an interview that Magnolia, in which he acted, was his favorite movie of all time. That's why I watched it. But why I liked it was that it made a very good case for the saying that "We may be done with the past but the past is never done with us."

The characters move at breakneck speed through the carnage of their unexamined lives with their pasts in hot pursuit. And as the plot unfolds, it becomes clear that the past is gaining on them. In the end, they cannot reach the peace, or resolution, or happiness that each of them is yearning for, until they face the terrible past.

This is a movie that you have to 'surrender yourself to.' Stop trying to figure out where it is going, or how the characters are related. All in good time that will be made clear. Buckle up. Sit back. Take the ride. You will not regret it.
23 people found this helpful
Gets AroundReviewed in the United States on January 16, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Pretentious, Incoherent, Tedious
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This movie really doesn't deserve three hours of your time. I only stuck it out hoping it would all come together in the end. But it didn't. Does a three hour movie really need extended scenes of filler with annoying musical interludes. That's three hours of my life I'll never get back.
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mark norrisReviewed in the United States on August 9, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
breathtaking masterpiece
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pta directed his masterpiece when he was 29 , hard to believe this just keeps getting better 2021 , boogie nights and this in 2 years is a complete career , this movie will rip out your guts and make you smile , this not even nominated for best picture is proof those awards shows mean nothing
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Anthony CurtisReviewed in the United States on January 7, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Gettin better all the time!
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I liked this film years ago in the theater. I liked it even better later on dvd. I watched recently maybe for the 4th or 5th time and this time now LOVED it... it just blew me away! I sometimes watch favorite movies again and again...kinda comfort food... but I've never had this experience of a movie I liked and knew pretty well just suddenly knocking my socks off and vaulting to the top of my "best movies list"....guess when the student is ready the movie will appear :) Hence I too as the last reviewer, felt compelled to put in a positive plug... and I'll also add a nicely written piece of an old review which I think sums it up well for me:
"If you can appreciate that a movie can touch your heart, can be something more than just simple entertainment, and can actually say something both simple and profound about the human condition, then you will love Magnolia. It is not easy watching. It is at turns foul-mouthed, confused, chaotic, irrational, depressing, uplifting, unrealistic, too realistic, unpredictable, heavily symbolic, violent, and unflinchingly, gut-wrenchingly honest in its portrayal of damaged characters trying to make sense of the wreckage of their lives. And yet, through all of this there is a beacon of hope and redemption that shines through, and most of the characters do find the strength to carry on. Watching Magnolia is like having an entire lifetime's worth of powerful emotions crammed into a three hour movie. If you have an open mind, and an open heart, you must see this movie. I have a hard time imagining how anyone will ever be able to make a better one."...from this site M. 2004.
I'll just add that the last 5 seconds of the movie is pure redemption.
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