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100
Linklater is a sly and formidable talent, bringing an anthropologist's eye to this spectacularly funny celebration of the rites of stupidity. His shitfaced "American Graffiti" is the ultimate party movie -- loud, crude, socially irresponsible and totally irresistible.
100
One of the most exciting movies of this, or any other, year. It's smart, funny, and wonderfully crafted and performed.
90
Richard Linklater's satirical take on high school life in the 1970s is not only funny and entertaining. It's practically a historic document of life during the smiley-face button era.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
This is a good film, but it would not cheer people up much at a high school reunion.
70
The New York Times
Dazed and Confused has an enjoyably playful spirit, one that amply compensates for its lack of structure. [24 Sept 1993, p.C12]
70
Time
But it also has enough buoyant '70s music to shake anybody's tail feather, and a kind of easy jubilance of narrative and character. Bet it makes you wanna dance. [11 Oct 1993]
60
Variety
One-liners and dry sight gags still abound, but the ennui-sodden formlessness of "Slacker" doesn't fly as well in this $ 6 million, smoothly lensed package, which calls for shapelier narrative and resolution.
60
TV Guide Magazine
Expertly captures the details and textures of the time without condescending or lapsing into cheap-shot parody.
50
Chicago Reader
Disappointingly conventional though well-made...An OK teen movie, but not a whole lot more.
50
ReelViews
What Linklater does exceptionally well is open the door on an era seventeen years in the past. This is 1976, from the music and cars...to the people and their attitudes. You'd have to climb into a time machine to get a better view...However, this is light entertainment -- nothing groundbreaking or even especially noteworthy.

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