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

Dazed and Confused Reviews

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R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
January 29, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
November 4, 2011

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 | Original Score: 3.5/4

Film4
August 8, 2011

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

Variety Staff
Variety
Top Critic
August 8, 2011

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.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
August 8, 2011

Bet it makes you wanna dance.

Steve Beard
Empire Magazine
July 13, 2011

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 | Original Score: 4/5
Elliot Panek
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011

Plenty of drug use with very little consequence.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Time Out
Top Critic
August 16, 2007

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


TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 19, 2007

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
July 19, 2007

A better-than-average teen movie but not much more, at least if you aren't a member of Linklater's generation.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 17, 2006

A slightly above average plotless teen film filled with nostalgia.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
June 24, 2006

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 | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 10, 2006

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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
June 6, 2006

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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Bill Gibron
DVDTalk.com
May 27, 2006

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 | Original Score: 5/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
May 15, 2006

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

| Original Score: 4/5

Time Out New York
Top Critic
January 26, 2006

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

Clint Morris
Film Threat
May 6, 2005

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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 15, 2005

Not only portrays flawlessly a 24-hour period on the last day of school in 1976, but it captures the crushing boredom of a small town.

Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
December 27, 2004

Classic Linklater high schooler story with great characters.

| Original Score: 4/5

Variety
Top Critic
February 23, 2012

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