Magnolia

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Time Out says

Anderson's meandering multi-story megasoap with a message is over-ambitious, self-conscious, self-indulgent, self-important and clumsy into the bargain. But it's also one of the most enthralling and exhilarating American movies in ages. Much in the style of Nashville and Short Cuts (though lacking Altman's light touch), this intimate epic charts the various fortunes, over a day or so, of various individuals living in the San Fernando Valley - including the dying Earl (Robards), his young wife Linda (Moore), and his nurse Phil (Hoffman); Frank Mackey (Cruise), prophet of machismo; and numerous people associated, past or present, with a TV quiz show - whose paths cross by design, destiny, chance or coincidence. Insofar as the film is about 'story', little happens save that Anderson initially conceals information, and then slowly scatters snippets so that we can piece the jigsaw together. For all the humour, it's a dark portrait of loss, lovelessness and fear of failure in contemporary America, and not a film that trades in understatement. As the lost souls make their way towards - what? - redemption? - a deus ex machina plot development occurs, as contrived, ludicrous, bold and grandly imaginative as any Biblical flood or plague.
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UK release:

1999

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188 mins

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Damian

Should have been made for TV, too over indulgent and sprawling. Too many characters! The type of ones you don't care enough about. Anderson should have sucked in his pride and allowed a script doctor to scalp his work in pre-production and a quality director to rape it in post. There is a reason why those test audiences fill out those multi-choice cards at preview screenings.

Damian

Should have been made for TV, too over indulgent and sprawling. Too many characters! The type of ones you don't care enough about. Anderson should have sucked in his pride and allowed a script doctor to scalp his work in pre-production and a quality director to rape it in post. There is a reason why those test audiences fill out those multi-choice cards at preview screenings.

remy

it might hae not been the greatest movie of all-time, but it certainly did show to he world the true potential of mr. anderson.

remy

it might hae not been the greatest movie of all-time, but it certainly did show to he world the true potential of mr. anderson.

benjamin ross

this is a great movie. i'm a lost soul and this film gives me hope. if u feel bad, just watch 'magnolia'. deep down, way deep down, i love u all and u love me too, maybe we just forgot. watch 'magnolia!

benjamin ross

this is a great movie. i'm a lost soul and this film gives me hope. if u feel bad, just watch 'magnolia'. deep down, way deep down, i love u all and u love me too, maybe we just forgot. watch 'magnolia!

Magmabulle

Magnificent acting, many of the actors have never been better, especially Tom Cruice. It is also a very touching story where different lives are tied together.

Magmabulle

Magnificent acting, many of the actors have never been better, especially Tom Cruice. It is also a very touching story where different lives are tied together.