Slacker Reviews

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Josh Larsen
March 9, 2015
Pretension is kept at bay by the fact that whenever someone is holding court, the others in the scene barely seem to be listening.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric Melin
October 18, 2013
Linklater is very aware that his film doesn't have a linear narrative and the movie is structured with that knowledge, as well as for a variety in tone and theme.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cole Smithey
March 26, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] "Slacker" is a hallmark of American independent cinema because it is so thoroughly original in its concepts and execution.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 9, 2009
The indie film has a fresh feel.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Emanuel Levy
June 27, 2005
A charming ensemble piece, that may be the ultimate campus comedy, about media-fixated, affectless youngsters who became spokepersons for Generation X
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
An exercise in meandering self-importance.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 7, 2005
A brilliant film that plays like a chain of linked short short stories.
| Original Score: 5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
February 18, 2005
A landscape-changing film for what it represents, as well as for what it contains.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative
December 15, 2004
A landmark by an American master
| Original Score: 4/5
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
November 1, 2004
Slacker is populated by new-age beatniks with neither fashion nor poetry, populating a culture that's distinguished by its lack of culture.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 15, 2004
A key independent film of the early 90s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
September 2, 2004
Linklater proved from the start that he knew his way around a camera and could tell an interesting tale in 60 seconds, too
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
July 27, 2004
Interesting for about 45 minutes, and increasingly tiresome thereafter.
| Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 19, 2003
An innovative film with its many zany portraits of dropouts from the world of work and adult responsibility
Dan Jardine
All Movie Guide
June 19, 2002
History may be written by the winners, but Slackers tells the story of life's lovable losers
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
Slacker wasn't really interesting enough to think all that much about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
What Linklater has captured is a generation of bristling minds unable to turn their thoughts into action.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
This is a work of scatterbrained originality, funny, unexpected and ceaselessly engaging.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
There are some interesting people here, but they seem outnumbered by those that are extremely dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The experience is funny, surreal and weird. Sometimes it's even scary.
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