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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The fierce and funny film version has been directed by Texan Richard Linklater (Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise) with rare grace and compassion. show more

  • 75
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    SubUrbia is depressing comedy -- the more so because director Richard Linklater's satirical picture of youthful alienation rings painfully true. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie is dark, intense and disturbing. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    SubUrbia is about 95% dialogue, some of which is clever, but much of which is pointless. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The picture often rambles as aimlessly as its characters, but its vivid depiction of alienation and self-destructiveness among suburban youth has much cautionary value. show more

  • 50
    San Francisco Examiner

    Then there are times when the humor and the pathos of these losers catch you off-guard. Those moments are nearly profound, and elevate the film above the slacker cliches in which it wallows. show more

  • 60

    It has a tendency to drift aimlessly and, having said all there is to say on the subject long before the two hours are up, loiters around when it really ought to have gone to bed. show more

  • 40
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    A long, dark night o' slacker despair, courtesy of Richard Linklater and self-important blowhard Eric Bogosian. show more

  • 67
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Perhaps the most interesting thing about Linklater's (and Bogosian's) running commentary on disaffected suburban youth is that it doesn't bore you half as much as it should. show more

  • 75
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    Driven by Bogosian's finger-snapping dialogue and theatrical structure, subUrbia doesn't allow for much pleasurably Linklaterish lounging; each character has got some serious orating to do before the night is over. show more

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