|New Line Cinema | Release Date: October 10, 1997||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
If Boogie Nights were poorly made and acted, its materials would make it intolerably tawdry. But its so well done that we keep watching. [Nov. 10, 1997]
A hard-core movie with a soft, light-hearted center and an edge like a knife.
As lensed brillantly by 26-year-old Anderson, the movie is at once tasteful and raunchy.
He (Anderson) simply doesn't allow for dull moments, and his gifts for irony and showmanship are clearly appreciated by a collection of actors who have rarely been better.
That rarest of independent films -- it's risky and exciting.
A grand, sweeping nostalgia trip that evokes the sickness of an era even as it tries to find its essential humanity.
So here's a tip for those attending this handsomely acted, epic-length little film. Ease into the sleaze, stare at the party animals, look but don't touch, and, oh, boogie all night. [October 6, 1997]
A film so driven by pure style that a script barely seems necessary in its first half, Boogie Nights becomes bogged down in a predictable aftermath of drug deals, post-stardom decay, cocaine-fueled nuttiness, and self-loathing.
It's possible to be dazzled by a movie and still not like it very much.
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