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Dazed and Confused Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
November 18, 2016
Richard Linklater's cinematic flashback Dazed and Confused captures a rich pageant of high-school life, circa 1976, in a mere 100 minutes, leaning on nostalgia without wallowing in it.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 8, 2016
Manages to not only unfold in to a fun narrative, but also builds a myriad fascinating characters you'll either love or hate...
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 5, 2013
glorifies bullying and tries to balance it with pseudo-intellectual contemplation
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
July 7, 2012
Has the look and spirit of the time down pat. Unfortunately it captures only the worst of the typical misogynistic, foul mouthed druggie losers of the period.
Full Review | Original Score: C
R. L. Shaffer
January 29, 2012
The film transcends the common barriers and becomes a living spiritual entity, encompassing the essence and tone of an era.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Eric Melin
November 4, 2011
It may have seemed like a movie that was out of time, but it turned out to be perfectly in sync with the restlessness of the early 90s as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 8, 2011
Like the moustache sported by Matthew McCounaughey's character, Dazed And Confused is sleazy, amusing and quite, quite awesome.
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Variety Staff
August 8, 2011
The teenage wasteland, 1976-style, of Dazed and Confused is smack-dab between The Brady Bunch and Children of the Damned , and it's a scary, if sometimes giddily amusing, place to visit.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 8, 2011
Bet it makes you wanna dance.
Steve Beard
Empire Magazine
July 13, 2011
Despite some gags which use the benefit of hindsight too much for their own good, this is a smart piece of filmmaking which suggests Linklater is already one of the more formidable talents of the 90s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Elliot Panek
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Plenty of drug use with very little consequence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Charity
Time Out
August 16, 2007
Seriously funny, and shorn of any hint of nostalgia or wish-fulfilment, this is pretty much where it's at.

TV Guide
July 19, 2007
An affectionate but unsentimental recreation of suburban teen culture in the rock -- and pot -- drenched 70s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 19, 2007
A better-than-average teen movie but not much more, at least if you aren't a member of Linklater's generation.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 17, 2006
A slightly above average plotless teen film filled with nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jason Zingale
June 24, 2006
The film is actually like high school, and not a movie about high school. There's a big difference, and that's why the film has quickly become one of the biggest cult classics of the last twenty years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
June 10, 2006
Linklater's first masterpiece--possibly his best film--presents an accurate collective portrait of youth circa 1976, which unfolds in a casual, spontaneous, and charming manner as interlaced tales of pranks and adventures.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
June 6, 2006
Linklater set out to make a film that was, in its own way, timeless, and the passing of years has only reinforced his against-the-odds success.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Bill Gibron
May 27, 2006
Dazed and Confused is a perfect movie. It flawlessly captures the spirit of the '70s while arguing for a clear universality in the high school experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 15, 2006
O tom nostálgico, embalado por uma trilha impecável, confere um charme irresistível ao filme.
| Original Score: 4/5
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