ScreeningNotes’s review published on Letterboxd:
Paul Thomas Anderson. Great feature debut, but not as strong as his other films (still learning I guess). The main weakness is the writing. But his camera movements, they just elevate everything he does. He's obviously more than just a talented cameraman since he so consistently gets amazing performances out of his actors (Philip Baker Hall is exceptional here), but I just can't get enough of his tracking shots and his slow zooms and everything. That shot of Sydney walking through the casino to the craps table. So good.