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Waking Life Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
December 17, 2001
The overall effect of Waking Life is that of finally escaping a cocktail party full of ecstasy-laden philosophy students.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Victoria Alexander
October 30, 2001
Agony. A penance to sit through. When was the last time thirty people lectured you in a dream?
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
October 25, 2001
Minute 69 evolves several geological epochs later into Minute 70 -- and then there are 27 minutes left to go!
| Original Score: 3/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
November 5, 2001
The problem is that there are few things as boring as listening to other people's dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
October 21, 2001
Not fond of abstract observation in its rawest form, I found myself on the verge of discourse-induced slumber.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeremiah Kipp
Matinee Magazine
October 22, 2001
It's so bogged down in grand proclamations about Truth and Spiritual Communion and Collective Memory that it never strikes a single personal note, one that can be connected to on a purely emotive level.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Carlo Cavagna
January 17, 2002
little more than isolated--and not terribly fulfilling--masturbation
Full Review | Original Score: C
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 1, 2002
...one does expect it to say something of importance, you see, but it never does. For me, it was a classic case of the Emperor having no clothes.
| Original Score: 4/10
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 16, 2001
Doesn't leave you in a dream, specifically the dream of Linklater's previous films, so much as it traps you in an endless bull session.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
October 17, 2001
It's like being in a college bar and listening to your companion blathering on about the secrets of the world.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 28, 2001
Adds up to little more than a series of disconnected impressions, but it holds interest despite an almost nonexistent narrative, and that's something.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
December 10, 2001
See it if any of this sounds appealing but don't say you attended unwarned.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 13, 2011
a commercial ripoff designed to confuse art-house patrons
Full Review | Original Score: D
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
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
David Keyes
December 23, 2001
Sitting through "Waking Life" is like being trapped in a painting filled with philosophy students
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 30, 2001
My companion did enjoy it, and my friend with a degree in philosophy will also probably enjoy it, but overall I found it pretentious, tiresome, pedantic, and one-note.
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Dustin Putman
December 7, 2001
Forces a non-stop barrage of pseudo-deep theories and questions on the viewer that, more often than not, resemble a bunch of psycho-babbly hooey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
For a movie heralded as the cutting edge of visual innovation, Waking Life is disappointingly dull in every other respect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Richard Luck
April 15, 2002
You'll find more self-involvement and cod philosophising here than in all the world's coffee houses.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
November 2, 2001
The film, like Timecode, is no more than a fascinating stunt. ... After a while, it's hard to stay awake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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