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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
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  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. 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. 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. 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: 20 out of 20
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  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. Aug 25, 2011
    9
    If I could just state an opinion (and by opinion I mean fact), Dazed and Confused is the best teen comedy of all time. It is an intelligent,If I could just state an opinion (and by opinion I mean fact), Dazed and Confused is the best teen comedy of all time. It is an intelligent, energetic, and very funny look at a point in time that everyone lives through, with a strong dose of nostalgia and understanding. Set-up like Robert Atlman's take on high school, Dazed and Confused presents a cast of characters so huge that you'll barely have time to get to know all of them. Some say that's a minus, I call it a plus. You ever look into your high school yearbook and go "That guy! I remember him! He's was cool, I guess. Don't really remember much else though..." That's precisely the point. These are the people who end up influencing you the most, but you remember the least. The armies of stoners, jocks, preps, nerds, rockers, and all that jazz. There are no real struggles to overcome, and no real driving goal to the plot, other than just to enjoy yourself. You know what that sounds like? That sounds like pretty much everything I did as a teenager. Expand
  5. May 23, 2014
    9
    I loved this movie I was told it was great but I never had the urge to check this movie out, and I am really glad I did. It was a blind buyI loved this movie I was told it was great but I never had the urge to check this movie out, and I am really glad I did. It was a blind buy for me on Blu-Ray and I am so glad that I picked it up because I will be able to watch this movie over and over again. It wasn't a laugh out loud comedy say like The Hangover but it was just so funny as a movie as a whole with so many memorable scenes. Found myself smiling and laughing the whole time a great watch. 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. Jun 16, 2014
    6
    Dazed and Confused very accurately portrays the whole "teenage wasteland" of the 70's, I'll give it that, but it ultimately has no real plotDazed and Confused very accurately portrays the whole "teenage wasteland" of the 70's, I'll give it that, but it ultimately has no real plot or any real end. It swerves back and forth between certain key scenes without actually going anywhere. But, it is one very entertaining movie for what it is. The whole reason to watch Dazed and Confused is Matthew McConaughey saying "alright, alright, alright!" Expand

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