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Based on 18 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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. show more

  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    The movie's episodic view of a collection of interesting friends, sweethearts, and cliques often rings so true that it might be a documentary...It's so right, you might think Linklater has mastered time travel. [24 Sept 1993] show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The "Age of Innocence" oozes anthropological dazzle, but Dazed and Confused may some day rate its own Smithsonian showings for clinically re-creating the High School Experience 1976. [20 Sept 1993] show more

  • 88
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The surprise lies in Linklater's ability to breathe so much fresh life into a tired formula...This is a picture that recollects not merely a period in time but a state of mind. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This is a good film, but it would not cheer people up much at a high school reunion. show more

  • 75
    Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune

    For a while, I resented the sexist, cruel behavior in the film, much of it revolving around the hazing of underclassmen. But gradually, I saw the movie turn into a brash expose of stupid adolescent traditions. [24 Sept 1993] show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli 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 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. show more

  • 80

    Despite some gags which use the benefit of hindsight too much for their own good, this is a smart piece of filmmaking which suggests Linklater is already one of the more formidable talents of the 90s. show more

  • 60
    TV Guide

    Expertly captures the details and textures of the time without condescending or lapsing into cheap-shot parody. show more

  • 100
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    One of the most exciting movies of this, or any other, year. It's smart, funny, and wonderfully crafted and performed. show more

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