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Licorice Pizza (2021)

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Critic Consensus: Licorice Pizza finds Paul Thomas Anderson shifting into a surprisingly comfortable gear -- and getting potentially star-making performances out of his fresh-faced leads.

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LICORICE PIZZA is the story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973. Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the film tracks the treacherous navigation of first love.

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The two leads, musician Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman, each in their feature film debut, are remarkable.

February 1, 2022 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Licorice Pizza takes an arm's-length embrace of nostalgia. Anderson doesn't turn a blind eye to reality-he heightens it, weighting it with meaning, reflecting the romance of hindsight and adolescent abandon.

January 21, 2022 | Full Review…

One thing I really like about this movie is the way it's structured, because it's meandering and it's loose [but] all these little moments, they feel like stories and anecdotes and memories that have been told and recounted many times.

January 13, 2022 | Full Review…
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Anderson and Haim, with her sharp-elbowed and funny yet soulful performance, capture the flailing, directionless condition of being a woman in her mid-20s.

January 8, 2022 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

This is a film carried by two people who've basically never acted before, but Anderson somehow knew that they could, and neither hits a false note in over two hours. It's a star-crossed love story à la Harold and Maude minus the tragedy.

January 7, 2022 | Full Review…

This film - which is as sprawling as the Valley it tries to capture - will command a second (and third) watch.

January 6, 2022 | Full Review…

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