New Line Cinema | Release Date: October 10, 1997
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alwayswatchingDec 6, 2015
I guess I am not a Paul Thomas Anderson guy. His movies never attracted me and trust me, I tried very hard. I am sorry PT Anderson, I love you but somehow your movies are not for me.
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seancriswellOct 7, 2012
Most peoples favorite PT Anderson movie is probably my least. I don't dislike this film, it just hits me on a less emotional level than his other work. There is plenty to like here. Reynolds in particular is excellent. The scenes betweenMost peoples favorite PT Anderson movie is probably my least. I don't dislike this film, it just hits me on a less emotional level than his other work. There is plenty to like here. Reynolds in particular is excellent. The scenes between Wahlberg and Reilly's characters are among the most memorable in any Anderson film. There is a lot more humor from scene to scene than in most Anderson films, ironically that may be why I didn't connect with these characters as well as would have liked. The scene where Diggler and the boys go to a drug dealers house to rip him off best illustrates this. This is a scene that is ultimately where the protagonist of the movie hits rock bottom, but instead of feeling that emotion, I was laughing and shaking my head in disbelief. Don't misunderstand, I enjoyed this scene, and I think Anderson wanted us to see the absurdity. However instead of connecting with these characters as I have in other Anderson films, these moments disconnect me. For me moments like this are what takes this film from being great to just another good movie. Expand
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imthenoobDec 7, 2018
There are so many sub-plots that it waters down the main story quite a bit. The focus is less on Dirk, especially in the latter half, and more on these side characters you barely know and don't care much about and that I feel a pretty bigThere are so many sub-plots that it waters down the main story quite a bit. The focus is less on Dirk, especially in the latter half, and more on these side characters you barely know and don't care much about and that I feel a pretty big flaw when watching it. And the fact that it's so long doesn't sit well with me either, Maybe cutting back on these weak sub-plots would help a bit. All in all, It's an OK movie but not easy to sit through. Expand
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