(2001)

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Metascore

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90
New York Magazine (Vulture)
Linklater must have recognized a kindred spirit when he read Belber's play. He's given us a reality-fantasy game, a psychodrama, a harangue, and a detective story all rolled into one.
89
This is what great dialogue -- and by extension great movies -- is made of.
88
Chicago Sun-Times
The writing, acting and direction are so convincing that at some point I stopped thinking about the constraints and started thinking about the movie's freedoms.
88
Boston Globe
Smart, unpredictable, and alive with the energies of actors who clearly are enjoying being stretched by their material.
75
Chicago Tribune
Tape may not be a great movie, but it's a great demonstration of creativity within severe limitations.
75
Linklater keeps it lively with imaginative camerawork and razor-sharp editing.
63
New York Post
For all of Linklater's acrobatic camera moves, you never quite escape the feeling you're watching a barely adapted TV version of a somewhat gimmicky stage play.
60
The action is confined to a single set and atmosphere is appropriately claustrophobic, but the image quality is harsh and flat. This accentuates the oppressive meanness of Vince's hotel room, but makes for some unpleasant viewing.
60
New Times (L.A.)
For three jerks bitching in a box, Tape makes the most of its minimalism. At its best, it's Betrayal for the Breakfast Club set.
40
L.A. Weekly
A tedious exercise in ethical hand wringing.

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