100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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.
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100

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson has perfectly wedded form to function by filming Boogie Nights in a style suggesting the grainy texture of porn and the ambivalence of the era.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A hard-core movie with a soft, light-hearted center and an edge like a knife.
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100

USA Today

By Staff [Not Credited]
With its ceaseless music, large canvas, shrewd casting and flawless ensemble acting and the dexterity of its whiplashing mood switches, the movie recalls Robert Altman's "Nashville" more than any subsequent movie has.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Has the quality of many great films, in that it always seems alive.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Mark Wahlberg, in a star-making performance, has the kind of electric ingenuousness that John Travolta did in "Saturday Night Fever."
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88

Baltimore Sun

By Ann Hornaday
A grand, sweeping nostalgia trip that evokes the sickness of an era even as it tries to find its essential humanity.
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88

San Francisco Examiner

By G. Allen Johnson
I'm not sure all of this works out as convincingly as Anderson intends in the movie's somewhat unsatisfying ending, but getting there is a wickedly enjoyable journey.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Isn't just an expose of the porn industry -- it's a provocative and involving character study, as well.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Heavily influenced by Quentin Tarantino's brand of quirky sensationalism, this high-energy saga by Paul Thomas Anderson goes a long way toward exposing the greed and stupidity of the pornography trade, then loses its moral compass and steers toward a sadly superficial ending.
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85 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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