|New Line Cinema | Release Date: October 10, 1997||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
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 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.