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Waking Life Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 23, 2012
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 28, 2010
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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+
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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.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
For a movie heralded as the cutting edge of visual innovation, Waking Life is disappointingly dull in every other respect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 22, 2002
If there was ever a film that made ontological exploration fun, this is it.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 5, 2001
Exhilarating, transporting, funny and haunting -- and at times maddeningly heady or narcotically logy -- Waking Life doesn't compare to any other movie experience I've ever had.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 22, 2001
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 8, 2001
An instant cult classic, one that's tailor-made for multiple viewings and bound to be popular among college students.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
November 2, 2001
To paraphrase the enduring title of a new-wave album, it is pure pop for dream people.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 28, 2001
It may not be for everyone -- the movie requires a high tolerance for statements such as 'there's only one instant, and it's now, and it's eternity' -- but it's like nothing else in theaters right now.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 28, 2001
Adds up to little more than a series of disconnected impressions, but it holds interest despite an almost nonexistent narrative, and that's something.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
October 28, 2001
Often surreal, Waking Life transcends boundaries of technology, imagination.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 25, 2001
It's thoughtful, provocative, liberating and fun.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
October 25, 2001
Minute 69 evolves several geological epochs later into Minute 70 -- and then there are 27 minutes left to go!
| Original Score: 3/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
October 25, 2001
Linklater mixed his grad-student-on-speed discourses with a few genuinely engrossing yakkers.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
October 25, 2001
Like My Dinner with Andre and other appallingly smart movies, this one reminded me that I need to read more books and watch less television.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
October 25, 2001
Anyone who finds value in wondering who we are or why we're here, what's real and what's not, should be overjoyed to find a theatrical release with the same sense of curiosity.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 25, 2001
A smart, sensuous and sensory mind trip that caroms around a universe of thought.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 23, 2001
Linklater's cerebral provocations allow for tickling visuals -- check out that car-boat -- and lively humor.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
October 19, 2001
A fantastically smart attempt at creating an evocative cinematic expression for some of our most complex metaphysical conundrums.
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October 19, 2001
One of the most inspired cases of the medium embodying the message ever captured on celluloid.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 19, 2001
Whatever point [Linklater] is trying to make with this wall of words is almost immediately wearying and soon yawn-inducing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 19, 2001
Like a long day in the college coffee shop, it's more provocative than original and profound, but still time well spent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 19, 2001
This movie seems alive, seems vibrating with urgency and excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
October 18, 2001
Somewhat hit-and-miss, but just when you think Linklater's philosophizing and his digital foofaraw are about to try your patience, both begin to cohere and resonate.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 18, 2001
A thrill, a trip to a fabulous new frontier.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2001
Truly special, truly different -- a wondrous talky roundelay about and for people who love life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
October 17, 2001
It's like being in a college bar and listening to your companion blathering on about the secrets of the world.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
October 17, 2001
As delirious, discombobulating and queasily funny as a post-pizza dream.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 17, 2001
Worth seeing because of its groundbreaking animation style.
| Original Score: 3/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 16, 2001
Doesn't leave you in a dream, specifically the dream of Linklater's previous films, so much as it traps you in an endless bull session.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 16, 2001
It ends up staying with you long after the jittery animated images have faded from the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 12, 2001
So verbally dexterous and visually innovative that you can't absorb it unless you have all your wits about you. And even then, you may want to see it again to enjoy its subtle humor and warm humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 27, 2001
A fascinating work that leapfrogs its maker, Richard Linklater, from acclaimed indie filmmaker to visionary.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 19, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4