Waking Life Reviews

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October 18, 2008
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.
Top Critic
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.
November 6, 2002
For a movie heralded as the cutting edge of visual innovation, Waking Life is disappointingly dull in every other respect.
January 22, 2002
If there was ever a film that made ontological exploration fun, this is it.
December 5, 2001
Exhilarating, transporting, funny and haunting -- and at times maddeningly heady or narcotically logy -- Waking Life doesn't compare to any other movie experience I've ever had.
April 17, 2019
Waking Life looks stunning... Animation, thesis, questions!
February 13, 2011
a commercial ripoff designed to confuse art-house patrons
December 29, 2010
Love-it-or-hate-it film best for older teens.
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?
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