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Set in 1977, back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, idealistic porn producer Jack Horner aspires to elevate his craft to an art form. Horner discovers Eddie Adams, a hot young talent working as a busboy in a nightclub, and welcomes him into the extended family of movie-makers, misfits and hangers-on that are always around. Adams' rise from nobody to a celebrity adult entertainer is meteoric, and soon the whole world seems to know his porn alter ego, "Dirk Diggler." Now, when disco and drugs are in vogue, fashion is in flux and the party never… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Boogie Nights, an epic tale of porn, pleasure, and excess, offers a purer hit of exhilaration than any movie this year."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"In terms of sweep, ambition and precocious cinematic competence, it heralds the arrival of a new talent."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Unflinching look at porn industry; lots of sex, drugs."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"...loud, gaudy, profane, thoughtful, and risquť; you can't say it isn't fun in its own exuberant way."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"...Paul Thomas Anderson cements his reputation as one of the most gifted filmmakers of his generation..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Not since the mysteriously reclusive Terrence Malick has there been such an explosion of sheer talent on the American movie scene."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"With Boogie Nights we know we're not just watching episodes from disparate lives but a panorama of recent social history, rendered in bold, exuberant colors."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"An epic story of self-delusion with a skill and grace that many more experienced filmmakers would be hard put to match."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Call it the consummate example of director-as-DJ, at least for now."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"Probably the most enjoyable complete overrated swipe ever made."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Considering the potentially explosive nature of the yarn, set in the porn world, Anderson's strategy is remarkably nonjudgmental and nonsensationalistic, largely due to his love and respect for all the characters and his impressive storytelling skills."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"The film is bemused and entertained, as we are, by this pack of sexual extremists, and the eye it casts on them is both benevolent and wry."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Comparisons are invidious, but inescapable: Boogie Nights is the most stunningly accomplished, attention-grabbing movie by a sophomore director since Pulp Fiction."
‑ Gary Susman, Boston Phoenix
"The flashy style cannot hide the slight story."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Aaaaw man, P.T. sure loves to move that camera around, and as a MAJOR fan of the general look and feel of movies, I totally got into his groove."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
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