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1001 Movies Club - Magnolia (1999)
#950. Magnolia (1999)
Why It's In The Book: "The various connections between these people, the coincidences and twist of fate that link them, are what drives this epically structured film. Filled with biblical references and allusions, Magnolia makes no secret of grappling with themes and issues - the meaning of life, the nature of evil, the terms of human connection. What makes this hugely ambitious picture work so well is Anderson's ability to portray these themes by staying focused on the minute details of his characters' bruised inner lives... Anderson maintains an unwavering empathy with his broken characters, humanizing the villains while clearly siding with the victimized and misunderstood. Magnolia seethes with anger and pain, staggering toward hope - something like redemption - the whole time." -1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
"The movie feels a lot like we’re being shown a mosaic in film, because even though we see linkages between these stories we are left to figure out why all of these stories are placed beside each other (besides the fact that they are all in LA and on the same day) it continues to make for interesting discussion."
Blake - 10/10
"...one of my all-time favorite films... one of my all-time favorite directors."
"This is a daring, courageous film, and the finest moment in P.T. Anderson's young, brilliant career."
"Magnolia being one of the most complex stories Anderson has put on screen and might be one of the most successful ensemble films ever made."
"Magnolia is about those moments of vulnerability when we are at our weakest and our strongest. It is about all of us at our best and our worst, and how for many of us, those two things happen at the same time."
The Mad Hatter - 10/10
"If it seems as though this movie is a look at some of the dreariest traits about human beings...well, you're right. Of course, none of this is helped by the way the overlapping circles spin towards individual breakdown. We're forced to watch as lies are told, people are threatened, diseases dig in, and shame takes over."
Univarn - 10/10
"Magnolia is an epic film in proportion, filled with great cinematic moments, perfect acting, and beautiful writing. It may not work for most, but then again I'm not most :)."
Danny King - 9/10
"The more you think about this film, the more you come to appreciate the nuances and complexities." READ MORE
Darwin - 9/10
"Magnolia is a transcendent piece of work; the movie blossoms on a spiritual whim."
"The soundtrack used is perfect, and when combined with scenes that embrace the filmic medium we find a film that refreshingly occasionally tosses out the vérité of this drama, and chooses to remain in the realm of high-budget art house"
"Anderson dares to achieve something epic with this, and in my opinion, that’s something that should be applauded, rather than jeered at."
"...it isn't difficult to understand when critics applaud the movie by pronouncing it as Paul Thomas Anderson's magnum opus (at least till then)."
The Movie Mistress - 6/10
"... I thought this was an fascinating and thought provoking movie. It took a while to get into, but once a steady cycle of going through the perspectives of each character was established, the story got really interesting..."
Branden - 5/10
"I thought that the stories were somewhat interesting, but not so much that I could be invested in most of them."
alfindeol - 3/10
"It's probably going to be impossible for me to hide my bias against Magnolia in the review, so I won't try too hard. Why I let the film siphon more than six hours of my life away is a question I will be asking myself for a long time to come. Personally, I view it as a blight on the landscape of American cinema" READ MORE
Fey - 2/10
"I present you with: The Top 101 Reasons Why I hate Magnolia (in chronological order)."