I almost turned it off half way through because I was bored and not connected with what was happening, but I wanted to watch the whole movie because I've heard such great things about the movie. I was disappointed. It just didn't do it for me. The individual performances were good. I especially liked Melora Walters as Claudia and thought she did a great job. The scene in the restaurant, with Claudia and Officer Kurring, where they both promise to tell the truth to each other, was actually the first scene that I connected with and thought, okay now the movie is going to get good, but no, didn’t last for long. Julianne Moore was good too. It seems like a lot of great actors were thrown together to try to tell a story that was supposed to be so thought provoking and poignant, with all of their lives interwoven, but it didn't work for me. With all of these great actors and so many tragic story lines being told simultaneously, I expected to walk away saying/thinking "wow," but I didn't. It feels like Paul Thomas Anderson tried too hard to make a grand statement about life (relationships, fate, coincidence, forgiveness, happiness, and truth) while throwing in references to the Book of Exodus. It just seemed contrived to me.