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An intriguing and entertaining study in characters going through varying levels of crisis and introspection. This psychological drama leads you in several different directions, weaving and intersecting various subplots and characters, from a brilliant Tom Cruise, as a self-proclaimed pied-piper, to a child forced to go on a TV game show and the pressures he faces from a ruthless father.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A wonderful mess."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"All the work is top-notch."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"Go see it for yourself. And don't be surprised if you want to see it again and again."
‑ Joe Leydon, The Moving Picture Show
"A decade after its release, P.T. Anderson's emotionally epic Magnolia gets the glorious Blu-ray treatment it deserves. This Altman-esque mosaic follows several disparate L.A. citizens on one rainy day, as they navigate through mistakes and torrenti"
‑ Radheyan Simonpillai,
"Magnolia's finest achievement is the sheer ambition running through every vein."
‑ , Film4
"What this film may have needed to get on its feet is some honest-to-goodness violence."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"You don't have to like everything [Anderson] does, but if you enjoy seeing the walls rattled and the roof raised in the Hollywood citadel, you've got to love it."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"As the years pass and we are weathered by universal experiences, the predicaments of Anderson's characters seem less pathetic and more like the plight of everyone we love and admire."
‑ David Keyes,
" finally slumps down under its own weight and becomes a shambles. But, dang, it's such an attractive shambles."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Undeniably one of the most emotionally-draining films ever made..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"One of the most enthralling and exhilarating American movies in ages."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"You could spend three hours snickering at Anderson's 'What the World Needs Now Is Aimee Mann' metaphysic. But his vision cuts deeper than a lot of folky bathos."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Short Cuts is clearly the starting point, but not the ending point for a movie that is probably the most overstuffed with ideas of anything in Paul Thomas Anderson's career."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Just as something so reliably surprising as the weather can modify people's behavior, "Magnolia" encompasses an inter-connective human bond that accepts reality's blind spots. Purity of intention, as the story suggests, is a happy accident that can hit ev"
‑ Cole Smithey,
"There's a lot of really neat, cool honestly imaginative stuff in Magnolia, but it's hardly the best movie I've seen in the past month."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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