Waking Life Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 13, 2011
a commercial ripoff designed to confuse art-house patrons
Full Review | Original Score: D
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Love-it-or-hate-it film best for older teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
November 22, 2010
A far-out-man poetry slam, art exhibit and imaginative philosophical discourse all at once drifts gently down a stream of consciousness until merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, "Waking Life" is but a dream. Who says existential fiction must be dreary?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A brilliant film that provokes thought, idea, and conversations within the audience through its surreal animation and incredibly profound conversations.

Film4
September 9, 2008
Form and content fit perfectly: even if the highbrow babbling gets a bit much, the hypnotic animation means that there is always something to watch, like characters suddenly dissolving into smoke or spectacles expanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 24, 2007
A true independent film that uses animation techniques to their utmost.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Emanuel Levy
Variety
October 31, 2006
This inventive animated film, which takes Linklater back to his roots in Austin and Slacker, represents a summation of all the philosophical concerns that have defined him as spokesperson for Gen-X.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 2, 2006
The question comes up often in life: What's your favorite movie? Since October 2001, the answer has been easy and one I shoot back reflexively almost before someone's finished the question: "Waking Life."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 1, 2006
The novelty of the much-lauded animation style wears off about halfway through, with the end result a film that's more interminable than anything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic

Time Out
January 26, 2006
The endless philosophising is a bit sophomoric and more jokes would help, but this is one of a kind that grows more absorbing the longer it runs.
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
October 1, 2005
It is not the best film of the year, nor is it likely to be one that I purchase and watch often. Still, it is something that should be seen by everyone and experienced by any diehard film lover.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
I applaud Linklater for [directing] such an interesting ride. But it suffers from a lack of sensistivity to its audience...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org
January 9, 2005
Linklater's most visually distinctive movie, with exquisitely detailed renderings ... that are at the same time unstable, floaty, in a way perfect for a dreamed reality.
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 25, 2004
It reminded me of college.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 24, 2004
This audacious movie may put some people to sleep; for others, it'll be a wakeup call on the possibilities of screen storytelling
Chris Barsanti
Film Threat
November 12, 2003
Waking Life takes a peek into that other ninety percent of the possibilities of the cinematic medium that nobody ever explores. Hopefully, others will follow.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jurgen Fauth
About.com
October 16, 2003
A breath of fresh air.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
July 25, 2003
Fascinante filme sobre a natureza dos sonhos e a forma com que estes refletem e transcendem a realidade. A animação é interessante, embora não explore tanto as possibilidades da mídia.
| Original Score: 5/5
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
April 24, 2003
The whole thing comes together in one of those deliriously exciting great leaps forward in film art.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
April 5, 2003
Startling in its originality, dazzling in its erudition, it fearlessly tackles questions of free will, identity and . . . reality. . .
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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