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Licorice Pizza Reviews

February 1, 2022
The two leads, musician Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman, each in their feature film debut, are remarkable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 21, 2022
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 13, 2022
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 8, 2022
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 7, 2022
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 la Harold and Maude minus the tragedy.
January 6, 2022
This film - which is as sprawling as the Valley it tries to capture - will command a second (and third) watch.
January 6, 2022
Gary is played by Cooper Hoffman, the teenage son of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman -- and he's captivating, full of chutzpah and with such a good, imperfect, real face.
January 4, 2022
Like any LP worth its salt, this is one where you'll want to be dropping the needle on over and over again.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 4, 2022
The twists and turns in the script seems desultory. That is, until you realise the whole point of Licorice Pizza is to demonstrate that most heterosexual adult males suck.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 2, 2022
This is heady stuff, an evocation of the San Fernando valley in the early 70s, as personally nostalgic as George Lucas's American Graffiti, albeit with an insanely adventurous edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 2, 2022
The fullest expression yet of a certain kind of narrative antipathy that has crept into Anderson's toolkit and almost overwhelmed his last outing, the frequently dreadful Phantom Thread.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 31, 2021
One can scarcely imagine a more enjoyably chaotic way of welcoming in the new year. What a blast.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 30, 2021
Looser and funnier than his recent efforts, sharper and more formally assured than his earliest films, this is Paul Thomas Anderson operating at full capacity. A master at work.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 30, 2021
The things in Licorice Pizza that are so good, like the performances from Haim and Hoffman and Cooper and the period fidelity, make you wish that the entire movie was just as good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 30, 2021
Such is the energy Anderson whips up, forever sending in chaos from the edge of the frame. The result is a giddy freewheel in which scenes never end how you or the characters expect, and what's coming next is anyone's guess.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 30, 2021
There is a heady optimism about Licorice Pizza that is often missing from Anderson's earlier films. My
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 27, 2021
I had fun watchingLicorice Pizza,an all-too-rare quality that no other year-end release can match. For that I am grateful that someone wrote Paul Thomas Anderson a blank check to make such an idiosyncratic, highly personal film.
December 27, 2021
'Licorice Pizza' has an openness and vulnerability that's closer to his early work, specifically to 'Magnolia,' and its willingness to swing for the emotional fences in a way his later films might not.
December 23, 2021
I wish there were more movies like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 23, 2021
Anderson captures the frenzied feelings of teenage affection. It's a fleeting thing in the long run, but that doesn't make it any less real.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 22, 2021
An instant classic that brings out the best from some old pros and the brilliant newcomers Cooper Hoffman and Alana Haim.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 22, 2021
It's the most fun I had at the movies all year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 22, 2021
The strange and challengingly charming awkwardness of Alana and Gary, as well as the more entertaining anecdotes, will get you past the somewhat lumpen structure.
December 22, 2021
It might be most rewarding to view "Licorice Pizza" as a dream: It doesn't always add up, or even go anywhere in particular. But it makes its own kind of offbeat, freewheeling sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 21, 2021
"Pizza" is unlike most coming-of-age comedies, reflecting the good and the bad of the times without ever preaching. It's filled with a sense of brutally honest nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 20, 2021
Neither Haim, a member of the band Haim, nor Hoffman, the son of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, have acted before.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 20, 2021
Watching "Licorice Pizza" is simultaneously like watching life with all the boring parts cut out and like watching movies with all the phony parts cut out. I can't even guess how anyone could do both things at once, but Anderson did it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 20, 2021
Watch the best film of 2021 wherever and whenever you can, and be thankful there is still plenty of beauty in this world to go 'round.
December 19, 2021
Anderson is going backwards to the terrain of Boogie Nights, Magnolia and Punch-Drunk Love, but now with the maturity we see in his recent work, as if he's hanging his own growth as a filmmaker onto this story.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 14, 2021
With shades of Robert Altman's freewheeling spirit, 'Licorice Pizza' gains momentum as its ambles along, resulting in Anderson's gentlest, most endearing picture to date.
December 7, 2021
The notorious control freak Paul Thomas Anderson has loosened the grip on his phantom threads and delivered a transcendent, free-flowing trip through his past...
December 3, 2021
A meandering nostalgia trap...Paul Thomas Anderson's latest movie makes the 1970s dreamy but lacks the edge of his earlier films.
December 2, 2021
Behind each scene, there's a smile and a shake of the head -- an acceptance that the good times are behind us, and that that's a fine place for them to be.
December 1, 2021
"Licorice Pizza" is a film of immense, swirling complexity, and its elaborateness... comes off as a sort of defiance, of resistance to current modes of easy and consumable viewing.
November 30, 2021
It's a fun film that I suppose will be even more fun for you if you either lived some of it, or lived around it.
November 29, 2021
There are two courtships unfolding in Licorice Pizza, and only one of them is happening on the screen. The other is between us and the movie. Guess who ends up punch-drunk and smitten?
November 29, 2021
For the most part Anderson has delivered another highly entertaining movie, capturing a very particular time but also the enduring and universal nature of relationships developing in the most unexpected ways.
November 29, 2021
Anderson makes romances, even when they're not exactly romantic; he's always looking for what connects two people with a bond that seems etched by fate.
November 28, 2021
If the misadventures of Licorice Pizza have a moral, it escaped me -- but Alana's homesickness for teenagehood is a heady enough force to push the viewer along.
November 28, 2021
The whole thing has an ingratiating summer vibe hanging over it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 27, 2021
It's the performances of Haim and Hoffman that most lend "Licorice Pizza" its authenticity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
November 27, 2021
Quite possibly the year's best film - easily its most delightful surprise.
November 26, 2021
It is, indeed, Anderson's happiest creation to date-blithe, easy-breathing, and expansive.
November 26, 2021
If it isn't able to offer a perfectly offbeat romance on the level of Punch-Drunk Love and Phantom Thread, it's not discardable, either.
November 25, 2021
"Licorice Pizza" is a movie you will cherish for a long time after the lights come up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 25, 2021
A shaggy, fitfully brilliant romp...
November 25, 2021
An entertaining movie that, like "American Graffiti" and "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" before it, captures youth in hilarious and poignant ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 25, 2021
A tender, funny ramble forged in all the hope and absurdity of adolescence, one wild poly-blend rumpus at a time.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 24, 2021
If Paul Thomas Anderson's "Licorice Pizza" doesn't make you happy, the trouble may be that you're clinically depressed, anhedonic or don't care for movies in general.
November 24, 2021
Licorice Pizza feels pleased with how casual and effortless it is, which is the exact opposite of being casual and effortless.
November 24, 2021
Anderson has harnessed all the thrilling, muscular techniques that are his directing trademarks as well as his affection for high drama as a writer and applied them to telling a story that's surprisingly sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 24, 2021
[Licorice Pizza] is anchored by the aesthetic meld Anderson has perfected in recent years, and by a pair of truly stunning debut performances that bring to life two of the most fully-formed, deeply complicated Hollywood characters in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 24, 2021
Darkness stays on the edges of Hollywood town in Paul Thomas Anderson's screwball comedy explosion about the serious business of first love. Newbies Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman light up the screen in one of the very best movies of the year.
November 23, 2021
In large part thanks to its fresh-faced stars, the charming Hoffman and the wildly charismatic Haim, I'm hard pressed to think of a recent movie whose world I would have liked to stay in longer.
November 20, 2021
It's the hints of danger, employed like ghost notes in a shuffling rhythm, that lend the film its sneaky depth of feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
November 18, 2021
Both leads are outstanding in their feature debuts.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 15, 2021
Paul Thomas Anderson's sunniest movie yet, this San Fernando Valley palimpsest is so buoyant and bubbly, it practically floats off the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 15, 2021
PTA's latest feels like a dream -- an opportunity to become completely enveloped by 1970s LA and the comfort and charm of an impossibly sweet story about growing up and finding love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 15, 2021
Licorice Pizza delivers a piping-hot, jumbo slice-of-life look at how it felt to grow up on the fringes of the film industry circa 1973, as seen through the eyes of an ambitious former child actor plotting how to follow up his early screen career.
November 15, 2021
[Paul Thomas Anderson] has sifted through a haze of wildly embellished tales and half-forgotten memories -- and pieced together something that feels more concrete, more achingly, tangibly real, than just about any American movie this year.
November 15, 2021
It's such a delectable film: I'll be cutting myself another slice very soon.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 15, 2021
Over his brilliant, wandering career, Anderson has shown us plenty of scuzz and grime, alongside flashes of kinetic verve and primordial howl. But Licorice Pizza is, by some measure, his most deliberately pleasant film to date.
November 15, 2021
Creating a character whose warmth and humanity are tempered by hilariously deadpan humor and prickly detachment, Haim makes one of the most exciting screen debuts in recent memory.
November 15, 2021
A lived-in, even tangible, period experience -- you can practically smell the maraschino cherries in the cocktails and feel the shag carpeting beneath your feet.
November 15, 2021
In Licorice Pizza, time isn't something that keeps people apart -- it's the only thing that allows them to find each other in the first place. And this euphoric movie doesn't waste a minute of it.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 15, 2021
[Licorice Pizza] is irresistibly hard to pin down: you'd have to go back around 50 years, to the likes of Hal Ashby's Shampoo or Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show, to find another that runs on a similar kind of woozy clockwork.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5