Daniel Fierman
June 27, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Punch-Drunk Love

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
97 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/11/02
performer
Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Luis Guzman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Robert Smigel
director
Paul Thomas Anderson
distributor
Columbia Pictures
author
Paul Thomas Anderson
genre
Romance, Comedy

We gave it an A-

In the glorious light of the San Fernando Valley, an armchair traveler in a bright blue suit (Sandler) collects frequent-flier miles and shivers with repressed rage. A peripatetic woman (the luminous Watson) appears and inexplicably takes an interest in him. Sparks fly. Tears flow. Paul Thomas Anderson’s elliptical, stunningly beautiful 2002 Cannes prizewinner is a meditation on true love, the ways in which we are all bizarre, the magic of the perfect match, and the preposterously unlikely nature of the whole enterprise. EXTRAS An indulgent mix, including an arty short, a hilarious commercial for the movie’s Mattress Man, and gorgeous artwork by Jeremy Blake, who designed Punch-Drunk’s Rothko-on-acid interstitials.

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