(1999)

Critic Reviews

77

Metascore

Based on 34 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
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.
100
The kind of brilliantly weirdo picture that, by all rights, shouldn't have gotten made at all but this time, miraculously, was.
100
New York Post
Hands-down the best movie of the year.
100
San Francisco Examiner
Spellbinding.
90
Rolling Stone
One of the best movies of the year--startling, innovative, hugely funny and powerfully, courageously moving.
88
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.
85
Mr. Showbiz
An exhilarating and at times operatic film.
83
Entertainment Weekly
Anderson's big, showy flower of a movie unfurls brilliantly, each plot petal a thing of exquisite design. Then it ripens. Then it disintegrates, leaving a mess of color and a faint whiff of rot.
75
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.
75
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.
50
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.

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