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Clerks Reviews

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Free Press
January 1, 2000
None of this is riveting, yet there's something about seeing life from the distinct angle of the convenience-store clerk that's just new enough to hold you.
Neil Martin
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
In style and execution, Clerks isn't on par with its generational predecessors, but what can you expect from an ex-convenience store jockey writer/director (Kevin Smith) with a $30,000 budget?
| Original Score: 2/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Movies like this either work for you or they don't. This one frequently put me to sleep.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Amateurishly acted, clumsily edited and slapped together out of what looks like surveillance camera footage, the thing bumps along not so much on talent as on audacity.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
So vulgar that it may prompt as many walkouts as it does cheerleaders.
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
September 16, 2001
a script so full of words that it probably rivals the telephone book in size.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Clerks is so utterly authentic that its heroes have never heard of their generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
June 10, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
There are some comedic gems here among the flurry of four-letter words, pop culture references and insults that come from the character's mouths.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
I don't care if the flick cost $14.54 to produce; it's one of the funniest movies I've ever seen.
| Original Score: 5/5
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
Eric D. Snider
January 1, 2000
An impressively funny film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Kevin Smith is a good writer with a great sense of humor. Good jokes and dialogue are cheap and are most of what this film has to offer.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/8
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
The movie is an incredible and hilarious success.
| 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
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
October 22, 2003
A sidesplittingly funny and observant film for anyone who has ever had a lousy job.
| Original Score: 4/5
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