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  • Summary: Clerks, the first film of the "New Jersey Triology" was made for $27,575. It was mainly funded by 10 credit cards that Kevin had to his name, funds garnered from store credit after he sold his comic book collection, a family donation, and paychecks from working at the Quick Stop and RST Video. (View Askew) Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
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  1. 90
    Randal is a beautiful hostile piece of work that only could have come from America. He's the sort of guy who never put in a quality day at the office in his life, but somehow probably winds up winning the biggest lotto drawing ever with a ticket he stole from his loser best friend's Quickie Mart.
  2. 88
    Nothing, no matter how outrageous, is beyond Smith, and his willingness to flaunt cinematic taboos is one of the reasons why Clerks is such a unqualified success.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    A randy, irreverent, slice-of-life no-budgeter that's played for laughs and gets them.
  4. The latest slacker manifesto, Clerks lacks the grunge artistry of either "Stranger Than Paradise" or "Slacker," but it's a fast, likable 90 minutes at the movies.
  5. Much of "Clerks" is extremely funny and dead-on—in terms of its intentionally satirical, Gen-X-istential gloom.
  6. Even augmented by the priceless commodity of Smith's talent, $25,575 can only be stretched so far. Apparently, it won't buy you a stellar cast - some very strong lines receive some rather flat deliveries. And some distinctly lame scenes survive the chopping block.
  7. If not all the gags work, the overall irreverence and all-American anomie are fairly contagious.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
  1. Mar 25, 2014
    A raunchy outlook on otherwise boring and contemporary lives, with a well-written script and cinematography that hits the marker just right for the setting and feel of the movie. Kevin Smith shows his talent hilariously with this debut. It kept me watching until the end and made me laugh out loud consistently. FOr me, it almost matches up to 'The Big Lebowski'. Expand
  2. Zal
    Dec 21, 2012
    I absolutely love this movie! Everything about it seemed real from the characters to the dialogue to the basic story. My favorite parts are when Dante and Randal have to deal with their customers. While I haven't had to deal with crazy ones like those in the movie, at my job, I've had to put up with people who ask stupid questions or just give me a hard time. It's a movie that feels very real to me and I enjoyed every moment of it. Expand
  3. Jul 11, 2013
    Still my favorite Kevin Smith film. I loved the dialogue and the humor. Immensely quotable. This is deserving of its cult status and an independent masterpiece. Expand
  4. Feb 23, 2011
    a intresting idea for a movie with humor really only hitting you if you understand the topics they are talking about or poking fun of. the rediculas customer issues they deal with is actaully one i have encountered when working at a mom and pop game store . having people walked in and ask me where are the xbox 360 games when they where just staring right at them when there is a huge sighn above them saying xbox 360 games. people asking me "do you know this game where this guy jumps around in it and it came out some time a few years ago" . i mean i can relate some what to why theese guys hate the customers. randals line of " this job would be great if it wernt for the fu#@in customers " just hits home. Expand
  5. Jan 26, 2014
    I had heard that Clerks was very funny and appealed to movie nerds especially. But it still totally surprised me for being incredibly witty and hugely enjoyable. Every character is memorable and unique. Every line is quotable and piss yourself funny. Every scene is better than the one before it and impeccably written. The only flaw I have with Clerks is that in some places the humor becomes a bit too juvenile and dirty. Which is strange because most of the time it is one of the wittiest comedies I have ever seen. Dante and Randal's debate over the death of innocent Death Star construction workers in Return of the Jedi was hysterical. But the funniest part of the movie without a doubt was the one line of the correctly named Silent Bob when giving advice to Dante on girls and lasagne. It deserves it's cult status 100% and should have got even more recognition than it did. Which was a lot anyway! Absolutely hilarious and surprisingly sweet in some places. Expand
  6. Sep 7, 2011
    Looking for a laugh till you cry comedy? Not gonna find it here. Looking for an in-depth plot? Not gonna find that either. Clerks has plenty of funny moments, but it's more likely to give chuckles than huge guffaws. It is very artistically done however, and it is very relatable. Definitely a comedy classic, though. Expand
  7. Sep 18, 2012
    Clerks is overrated. It's mildly funny at times but has a very unnatural flow in it's script. People just don't talk the way they do in clerks. The movie feels like a group of comedy soliloquies thrown together by the town-hall drama club. Disappointing. Expand

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