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Dazed and Confused Reviews

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Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
This is light entertainment -- nothing groundbreaking or even especially noteworthy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 5, 2013
glorifies bullying and tries to balance it with pseudo-intellectual contemplation
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Elliot Panek
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Plenty of drug use with very little consequence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The film's real inspiration, I think, is to depict some high school kids from the 1970s with such unblinking attention that we will realize how romanticized most movie teenagers are.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
March 7, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Larry Carroll
Countingdown.com
August 9, 2002
An amazing film because of the way it perfectly captures the time period, and how it manages to carry so many characters and make every one of them interesting. Most films would be worthwhile if they could create one character as deep as these.
| Original Score: 5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 2, 2002
Linklater shreds the very fabric of what's expected in a teen comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Dazed and Confused is a more modern American Graffiti -- and just as classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
Easily the equal of Lucas' "American Graffiti."
| Original Score: 5/5
Clint Morris
Film Threat
May 6, 2005
Hysterically Funny and ultimately enriching, "Dazed and Confused" takes some pretty genuine themes - rebelling, the thought of growing up too fast, and life after school - and spices it with a nice blend of wired humour.
| Original Score: 4/5
Bill Gibron
DVDTalk.com
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
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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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 15, 2005
Not only portrays flawlessly a 24-hour period on the last day of school in 1976, but it captures the crushing boredom of a small town.
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
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...
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Variety Staff
Variety
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.
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
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
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