21 Years: Richard Linklater Reviews

February 20, 2015
The resulting tribute may be a puff piece, but it's also informative and often entertaining.
November 14, 2014
The massively frustrating 21 Years: Richard Linklater is a perfect example of the difference between a great subject and a great (or even a good) documentary.
November 13, 2014
The film's working premise -- that the first 21 years of an artist's career define his career -- is an artificial self-imposition. But Dunaway and Wood toss out that analytic structure from the start.
November 7, 2014
An amiable but wholly unnecessary movie that plays like a feature-length version of those reels one watches while eating rubbery chicken at a banquet honoring a much-loved artist.
November 7, 2014
Feels slapped together, something you'd see at an awards dinner, save for the dippy cartoon segments, which considering the subject's creative use of animation ("A Scanner Darkly"), undercut every anecdotal stab at thoughtful analysis.
November 6, 2014
The luminaries in "21" pay deserving tribute to Mr. Linklater. Soon, perhaps, so will the Academy.
November 6, 2014
"21 Years: Richard Linklater" makes for a disappointingly hollow hagiography: gushy, superficial and strangely overdue - arriving significantly later than its title prescribes.
November 6, 2014
A total puff piece, unapologetically so ... playing to the casualness of its director's films, a collection of people having and being a lot of fun.
November 6, 2014
There are great clips and good insight, and it's all as loose and cool as an Austin night out.
November 6, 2014
There's a certain satisfaction in a rundown of a career as rich and varied as Linklater's, not unlike the pleasure of watching a well-edited Oscar tribute reel.
November 5, 2014
Every word spoken would feel right at home in an electronic press kit.
November 4, 2014
[Plays] more like a distended awards show package than a proper documentary ...
November 3, 2014
21 Years: Richard Linklater is a puff piece about the American indie film titan that lacks the insight and analysis necessary to make it a strong retrospective of a great artist.
November 3, 2014
Of greatest damage to the doc's coherence is its wholehearted belief that its subjects are offering firsthand reports worth hearing.
October 24, 2014
As a stand-alone doc, "21 Years" is not worthy of a trip to the theater, but should be more than satisfactory for hardcore Linklater fans and is essential viewing for newcomers.