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Waking Life Reviews

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February 13, 2011
a commercial ripoff designed to confuse art-house patrons
Full Review | Original Score: D
December 29, 2010
Love-it-or-hate-it film best for older teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 22, 2010
A far-out-man poetry slam, art exhibit and imaginative philosophical discourse all at once drifts gently down a stream of consciousness until merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, "Waking Life" is but a dream. Who says existential fiction must be dreary?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 29, 2009
A brilliant film that provokes thought, idea, and conversations within the audience through its surreal animation and incredibly profound conversations.
September 9, 2008
Form and content fit perfectly: even if the highbrow babbling gets a bit much, the hypnotic animation means that there is always something to watch, like characters suddenly dissolving into smoke or spectacles expanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 24, 2007
A true independent film that uses animation techniques to their utmost.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 31, 2006
This inventive animated film, which takes Linklater back to his roots in Austin and Slacker, represents a summation of all the philosophical concerns that have defined him as spokesperson for Gen-X.
Read More | Original Score: B+
October 2, 2006
The question comes up often in life: What's your favorite movie? Since October 2001, the answer has been easy and one I shoot back reflexively almost before someone's finished the question: "Waking Life."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 1, 2006
The novelty of the much-lauded animation style wears off about halfway through, with the end result a film that's more interminable than anything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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January 26, 2006
The endless philosophising is a bit sophomoric and more jokes would help, but this is one of a kind that grows more absorbing the longer it runs.
October 1, 2005
It is not the best film of the year, nor is it likely to be one that I purchase and watch often. Still, it is something that should be seen by everyone and experienced by any diehard film lover.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 15, 2005
I applaud Linklater for [directing] such an interesting ride. But it suffers from a lack of sensistivity to its audience...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 9, 2005
Linklater's most visually distinctive movie, with exquisitely detailed renderings ... that are at the same time unstable, floaty, in a way perfect for a dreamed reality.
June 25, 2004
It reminded me of college.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 24, 2004
This audacious movie may put some people to sleep; for others, it'll be a wakeup call on the possibilities of screen storytelling
November 12, 2003
Waking Life takes a peek into that other ninety percent of the possibilities of the cinematic medium that nobody ever explores. Hopefully, others will follow.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 5/5
October 16, 2003
A breath of fresh air.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 25, 2003
Fascinante filme sobre a natureza dos sonhos e a forma com que estes refletem e transcendem a realidade. A animação é interessante, embora não explore tanto as possibilidades da mídia.
| Original Score: 5/5
April 24, 2003
The whole thing comes together in one of those deliriously exciting great leaps forward in film art.
Full Review| Original Score: A+
April 5, 2003
Startling in its originality, dazzling in its erudition, it fearlessly tackles questions of free will, identity and . . . reality. . .
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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