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3.9
17,604 Ratings

Magnolia

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
United States, 1999
Drama

Synopsis

The lives of several unfortunate individuals become intertwined over the course of twenty-four strange hours in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles.

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Magnolia Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2000 | 3 wins including: Golden Bear

Academy Awards

2000 | 3 nominations including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2000 | Winner: FIPRESCI Film of the Year

Village Voice Film Poll

1999 | Nominee: Best Film

The script’s games of doubling . . . reflect an active conceptual intelligence, but at times Magnolia feels like a baggy omnibus made by filmmakers of wildly varying levels of talent. The handling of the botched attempted suicide by stricken game-show host Jimmy Gator (Philip Baker Hall), after facing accusations of molesting his own daughter, is particularly maladroit, as Anderson recoils from the implications of his own material.
December 15, 2017
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Watching an Operating Thetan hold his own within a rogue’s gallery of deeply sympathetic fuck-ups—a wizened Philip Baker Hall, the ever-tender Philip Seymour Hoffman, and uber-schmuck John C. Reilly, to name a few – is akin to cinematic bird-watching. You feel as though you’ve caught some rare creature, alighting for a moment before disappearing into the clouds.
December 23, 2016
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I saw Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia when it was first released in 1999, and the film blew me away. From the minute the movie opened in its glorious and sprawling 35 mm print, I knew I was seeing something that felt new, but was also somehow universal and timeless. The film didn’t just blow me away with its sheer unapologetic excess of emotion –Magnolia practically bleeds tears – but also with its grandiose scale on all levels.
December 16, 2015
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