Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. One of the most exciting movies of this, or any other, year. It's smart, funny, and wonderfully crafted and performed.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Richard Linklater's satirical take on high school life in the 1970s is not only funny and entertaining. It's practically a historic document of life during the smiley-face button era.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    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]
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Steve Beard
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Peter Ranier
    It's a highly enjoyable spree that doesn't add up to a whole lot by the end. But you don't necessarily want it to add up to anything -- that's part of its charm. [24 Sept 1993]
  9. 80
    What could have been a narrow, cultish little picture, a mere retro-trip, fans out into a broader study of longing and belonging. [4 Oct 1993, p.214]
  10. 75
    This is a good film, but it would not cheer people up much at a high school reunion.
  11. 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]
  12. Reviewed by: Michael Snyder
    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]
  13. Dazed and Confused has an enjoyably playful spirit, one that amply compensates for its lack of structure. [24 Sept 1993, p.C12]
  14. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    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]
  15. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Expertly captures the details and textures of the time without condescending or lapsing into cheap-shot parody.
  16. Reviewed by: Ken Eisner
    One-liners and dry sight gags still abound, but the ennui-sodden formlessness of "Slacker" doesn't fly as well in this $ 6 million, smoothly lensed package, which calls for shapelier narrative and resolution.
  17. 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 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.
  18. Disappointingly conventional though well-made...An OK teen movie, but not a whole lot more.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 83 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Jun 16, 2014
    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 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!" Full Review »
  2. May 25, 2014
    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 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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  3. May 23, 2014
    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 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. Full Review »