• R, 1 hr. 43 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Richard Linklater
    In Theaters:
    Sep 10, 1993 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 30, 1998
  • Gramercy Pictures

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Dazed and Confused Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

glorifies bullying and tries to balance it with pseudo-intellectual contemplation

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 1/5

September 5, 2013
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Has the look and spirit of the time down pat. Unfortunately it captures only the worst of the typical misogynistic, foul mouthed druggie losers of the period.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: C

July 7, 2012
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD

The film transcends the common barriers and becomes a living spiritual entity, encompassing the essence and tone of an era.

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 9/10

January 29, 2012
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com

It may have seemed like a movie that was out of time, but it turned out to be perfectly in sync with the restlessness of the early 90s as well.

Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 4, 2011

Film4

Like the moustache sported by Matthew McCounaughey's character, Dazed And Confused is sleazy, amusing and quite, quite awesome.

Full Review Source: Film4

August 8, 2011
Variety Staff
Variety
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The teenage wasteland, 1976-style, of Dazed and Confused is smack-dab between The Brady Bunch and Children of the Damned , and it's a scary, if sometimes giddily amusing, place to visit.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 8, 2011
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Bet it makes you wanna dance.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 8, 2011
Steve Beard
Empire Magazine

Despite some gags which use the benefit of hindsight too much for their own good, this is a smart piece of filmmaking which suggests Linklater is already one of the more formidable talents of the 90s.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

July 13, 2011
Elliot Panek
Common Sense Media

Plenty of drug use with very little consequence.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2011

Time Out
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Seriously funny, and shorn of any hint of nostalgia or wish-fulfilment, this is pretty much where it's at.

Full Review Source: Time Out

August 16, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

An affectionate but unsentimental recreation of suburban teen culture in the rock -- and pot -- drenched 70s.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

July 19, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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A better-than-average teen movie but not much more, at least if you aren't a member of Linklater's generation.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 19, 2007
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A slightly above average plotless teen film filled with nostalgia.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

October 17, 2006
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com

The film is actually like high school, and not a movie about high school. There's a big difference, and that's why the film has quickly become one of the biggest cult classics of the last twenty years.

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 4/5

June 24, 2006
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Linklater's first masterpiece--possibly his best film--presents an accurate collective portrait of youth circa 1976, which unfolds in a casual, spontaneous, and charming manner as interlaced tales of pranks and adventures.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: 4.5/5

June 10, 2006
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Linklater set out to make a film that was, in its own way, timeless, and the passing of years has only reinforced his against-the-odds success.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 6, 2006
Bill Gibron
DVDTalk.com

Dazed and Confused is a perfect movie. It flawlessly captures the spirit of the '70s while arguing for a clear universality in the high school experience.

Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: 5/5

May 27, 2006
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

O tom nostálgico, embalado por uma trilha impecável, confere um charme irresistível ao filme.

| Original Score: 4/5

May 15, 2006

Time Out New York
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Seriously funny, and shorn of any hint of nostalgia or wish-fulfilment, this is pretty much where it's at.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York

January 26, 2006
Clint Morris
Film Threat

Hysterically Funny and ultimately enriching, "Dazed and Confused" takes some pretty genuine themes - rebelling, the thought of growing up too fast, and life after school - and spices it with a nice blend of wired humour.

| Original Score: 4/5

May 6, 2005
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