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Clerks Reviews

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Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
November 28, 2009
There's no denying the raw and energetic feel Smith created with a memorable script, great characters and a genuine sense of Gen X angst.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
November 23, 2009
an exemplar of what can happen when the stars align and someone's home movie can help foment a revolution
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bill Gibron
November 21, 2009
Clerks remains a defining debut, a symbolic shot into the darkened domain of legitimate moviemaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
June 10, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 23, 2006
...the film's inherent deficiencies are generally overshadowed by the distinctly earnest vibe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

Film Threat
July 22, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 22, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
June 1, 2006
Smith dogpiles absurdity and obscenity on top of each other. The dullness of the dead-end jobs is brightened by bizarre bits--a fat guy asking for softer toilet paper, drops dead on the toilet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Kevin Smith actually pulled it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

Film Threat
May 21, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 21, 2005
It comes from bad stock, curses like a longshoreman and doesn't bring a gift. Nevertheless, it's the life of the party.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 13, 2004
It's not John Cassavetes' Shadows (1959), but what Kevin Smith's Clerks, lacks in subtlety it makes up for in laughs
Chris Barsanti
Slant Magazine
September 10, 2004
Cheap, touching, and downright nasty, Kevin Smith's first feature still remains the ultimate cinematic tribute to slackers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 4, 2004 is the ability to identify with the characters that makes the story so universal. I mean, we've all known people like these who have annoyed us all our lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
May 22, 2004
Smith's dialogue sounded groundbreakingly realistic at the time -- wore out its welcome eventually, but the initial blast was gleeful and significant.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
February 25, 2004
A wonderfully funny film debut; from the outset Kevin Smith takes us into his askewed world, and we love it. And I wasn't even supposed to be at work today.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 18, 2004
If you dig low-brow humor and a high volume cynical slacker take on things, then this film delivers the goods.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
February 5, 2004 utterly profane and amusing movie by first-time filmmaker Kevin Smith.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Dequina
Movie Poop Shoot
January 11, 2004
Fresh, funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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