• 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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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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This is light entertainment -- nothing groundbreaking or even especially noteworthy.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
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
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
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
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

July 30, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The film's real inspiration, I think, is to depict some high school kids from the 1970s with such unblinking attention that we will realize how romanticized most movie teenagers are.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

| Original Score: 4/5

March 7, 2003
Larry Carroll
Countingdown.com

An amazing film because of the way it perfectly captures the time period, and how it manages to carry so many characters and make every one of them interesting. Most films would be worthwhile if they could create one character as deep as these.

| Original Score: 5/5

August 9, 2002
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Linklater shreds the very fabric of what's expected in a teen comedy.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

August 2, 2002
James Rocchi
Netflix

Dazed and Confused is a more modern American Graffiti -- and just as classic.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 5/5

November 7, 2002
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

Easily the equal of Lucas' "American Graffiti."

| Original Score: 5/5

July 26, 2002
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
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
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

January 15, 2005
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
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
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 4/5

March 27, 2003

Variety
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