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Waking Life Reviews

October 18, 2008
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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+
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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.
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
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.
November 8, 2001
An instant cult classic, one that's tailor-made for multiple viewings and bound to be popular among college students.
November 2, 2001
To paraphrase the enduring title of a new-wave album, it is pure pop for dream people.
October 28, 2001
It may not be for everyone -- the movie requires a high tolerance for statements such as 'there's only one instant, and it's now, and it's eternity' -- but it's like nothing else in theaters right now.
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
October 28, 2001
Often surreal, Waking Life transcends boundaries of technology, imagination.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 25, 2001
It's thoughtful, provocative, liberating and fun.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 25, 2001
Minute 69 evolves several geological epochs later into Minute 70 -- and then there are 27 minutes left to go!
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 25, 2001
Linklater mixed his grad-student-on-speed discourses with a few genuinely engrossing yakkers.
October 25, 2001
Like My Dinner with Andre and other appallingly smart movies, this one reminded me that I need to read more books and watch less television.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 25, 2001
Anyone who finds value in wondering who we are or why we're here, what's real and what's not, should be overjoyed to find a theatrical release with the same sense of curiosity.
October 25, 2001
A smart, sensuous and sensory mind trip that caroms around a universe of thought.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 23, 2001
Linklater's cerebral provocations allow for tickling visuals -- check out that car-boat -- and lively humor.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 19, 2001
A fantastically smart attempt at creating an evocative cinematic expression for some of our most complex metaphysical conundrums.
October 19, 2001
One of the most inspired cases of the medium embodying the message ever captured on celluloid.
October 19, 2001
Whatever point [Linklater] is trying to make with this wall of words is almost immediately wearying and soon yawn-inducing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 19, 2001
Like a long day in the college coffee shop, it's more provocative than original and profound, but still time well spent.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 19, 2001
This movie seems alive, seems vibrating with urgency and excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 18, 2001
Somewhat hit-and-miss, but just when you think Linklater's philosophizing and his digital foofaraw are about to try your patience, both begin to cohere and resonate.
October 18, 2001
A thrill, a trip to a fabulous new frontier.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 18, 2001
Truly special, truly different -- a wondrous talky roundelay about and for people who love life.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 17, 2001
It's like being in a college bar and listening to your companion blathering on about the secrets of the world.
October 17, 2001
As delirious, discombobulating and queasily funny as a post-pizza dream.
October 17, 2001
Worth seeing because of its groundbreaking animation style.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
October 16, 2001
It ends up staying with you long after the jittery animated images have faded from the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 12, 2001
So verbally dexterous and visually innovative that you can't absorb it unless you have all your wits about you. And even then, you may want to see it again to enjoy its subtle humor and warm humanity.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 27, 2001
A fascinating work that leapfrogs its maker, Richard Linklater, from acclaimed indie filmmaker to visionary.
January 19, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 4/4