Dazed and Confused

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8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 113 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 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.
  2. 91
    From the opening shot of a burnt-orange GTO cruising a high school parking lot to the strains of Aerosmith's ''Sweet Emotion,'' Richard Linklater's film nails mid-'70s adolescence so precisely that you'll need Clearasil by the end credits.
  3. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    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]
  4. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Gene Siskel
    75
    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]
  5. 75
    This is a good film, but it would not cheer people up much at a high school reunion.
  6. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    70
    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]
  7. 50
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Aug 16, 2010
    10
    Brilliantly funny and always entertaining. This is a film for anyone who ever wanted to grow up in the 70's but sadly missed it. It doesn'tBrilliantly funny and always entertaining. This is a film for anyone who ever wanted to grow up in the 70's but sadly missed it. It doesn't have a single thought in its head, but who cares when the scenes are so accurately shot and excellently presented. Expand
  2. DaveA.
    Jul 26, 2006
    10
    Simply put, this is a wonderful movie. It is among my top 10 all time favorite films. Something to note, do not judge a book by its cover! Simply put, this is a wonderful movie. It is among my top 10 all time favorite films. Something to note, do not judge a book by its cover! This is not some stupid wannabe Cheech and Chong comedy. Far from it! It is a heart warming trip back in time to high school life in the 1970s which can be appreciated even by those of us who were just toddlers in the 70s. See this film. Own the DVD. You'll love it, like most people do. Expand
  3. JackT
    Apr 27, 2007
    10
    A fun and entertaining portrayal of pop culture during the mid-70's. Don't look for a deep meaning or plot when watching this A fun and entertaining portrayal of pop culture during the mid-70's. Don't look for a deep meaning or plot when watching this movie, but expect to enjoy it. Expand
  4. Jul 4, 2012
    8
    I think this is the first movie I liked concerned with the "last day of school" type scenario. A cast of actors that (for the most part) youI think this is the first movie I liked concerned with the "last day of school" type scenario. A cast of actors that (for the most part) you never hear from again but are perfect for their roles in this movie. A little revenge, a little reminiscing, a little weed/indulgence during a time of innocence and absence of responsiblity. Expand
  5. Jan 31, 2016
    8
    Honestly, Richard Linklater may be the only man to be able to make such an endlessly watchable and enjoyable film about a bunch of high schoolHonestly, Richard Linklater may be the only man to be able to make such an endlessly watchable and enjoyable film about a bunch of high school jerks who smoke weed and drink all day. Fantastically funny and a great look at high school in the 1970s, Dazed and Confused is a fun and enjoyable ride that may start off a bit odd, but once it hits its stride, it's a true joy. The ensemble cast is fantastic and it is tragic that a lot of them did not get any major roles after this, aside from this obvious few because they are all a delight. Matthew McConaughey does steal the show though of course with his multiple iconic lines that will continue to live on forever. Overall, Dazed and Confused is a truly enjoyable high school stoner comedy that is fantastically written and directed by Linklater. Expand
  6. May 25, 2014
    8
    Dazed and Confused is a great teenager film with the movie following the life of soon to be seniors and freshmen in highschool the day schoolDazed and Confused is a great teenager film with the movie following the life of soon to be seniors and freshmen in highschool the day school ends for the summer. The seniors haze the freshmen by hitting them on the ass with a paddle and no adults seems to care they even laugh about it which is funny becuase they would be arrested if that happened nowadays. At least they end up giving them a beer after the beating or they invite some out to party later on that night. The movie has no plot other then just hanging out with friends, drinking and smoking pot. The movie has quite a lot of noticeable stars that later become famous the biggest being Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey.

    Overall i give it a 8.0
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  7. Apr 4, 2016
    2
    Don't even try to watch this one, just see the sequel instead. The film has no point whatsoever, and is just 103 minutes of pure stupidity.Don't even try to watch this one, just see the sequel instead. The film has no point whatsoever, and is just 103 minutes of pure stupidity. From such a great director like Richard Linklater, this film is a major disappointment. Expand

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