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movie reviewmovie reviewvideo review out of 4 Movie Review: Magnolia

Starring: Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore
Director: Paul Anderson
Rated: R
RunTime: 178 Minutes
Release Date: December 1999
Genre: Drama

*Also starring: Ezra Buzzington, William R. Mapother, Jim Beaver, Michael Bowen, Melinda Dillon, Jeremy Blackman, Henry Gibson, William H. Macy

Review by Sunrise
2 stars out of 4

Well, this is a movie that can neither be hailed as a masterpiece, nor easily dismissed. This movie will mean something different to everyone that sees it. When I watched it, I admit that I did not like it. It follows so many paths, so abstractly, with little to sum it all up than,....frogs. The acting is fantastic. Not one emotion looked fake. But, good acting can't save a poorly manufactured story line. If you like films like American Beauty(4/4) or Fight Club(4/4) you may appreciate this film on a certain level. But don't expect to enjoy, or even remotely understand "Magnolia" on first viewing.

The only immutable fact is, this film is over three hours long! I could almost randomly pick any seen that could easily been edited, or severely cut down time wise. It just has too many scenes with no necessity or place for it's own good. This fault, draws greatly away from caring about any of the characters. I literally was wishing that some of them would just DIE, SO THE MOVIE WOULD END!

But this is a movie that regardless of any review, should be seen be anyone and everyone. Check it out sometime.

R- Excessive graphic language, OK for older teens

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