Slacker

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  • Summary: Slacker presents a day in the life in Austin, Texas among its social outcasts and misfits using a series of linear vignettes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Apr 15, 2013
    91
    The movie never loses its affectionate, shaggy-dog sense of America as a place in which people, by now, have almost too much freedom on their hands.
  2. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Ted Mahar
    Apr 15, 2013
    88
    Richard Linklater's ingenious social comedy is a tour de force, at least in a minor way. [25 Oct. 1991, p.19]
  3. Newsweek
    Reviewed by: Jack Kroll
    Apr 15, 2013
    80
    Slacker is a very funny, oddly touching, weirdly appealing look at the young (and not so young) people who live (sort of) in the nooks and crannies of this college town. [22 July 1991, p.57]
  4. Reviewed by: Clifford Terry
    Apr 15, 2013
    75
    Linklater`s creation is delightfully daffy-far better, as one of the slackers puts it, than a sharp stick in the eye.
  5. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Bill Cosford
    Apr 15, 2013
    75
    Slacker is not always so purposefully creepy, but it's often as darkly funny; none of its characters is what you'd call normal, but the film's off-kilter view is such that they seem utterly in tune with their odd lives and odder times. [29 May 1992, p.5]
  6. Variety
    Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Apr 16, 2013
    70
    Linklater springs these seemingly random encounters together with a fluid, on-the-move style. Basic problem, given the absence of storyline, is that interest quickly rises and falls by virtue of who happens to be on screen.
  7. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Apr 15, 2013
    30
    Aside from preserving these folks for a presumably grateful posterity and convincingly depicting Austin as an open-air lunatic asylum, Slacker does not offer much to anyone who likes to stay awake.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 1, 2016
    8
    80/100
    Consistently fascinating and entertaining, which is a coup for a plotless film in which the primary characters change every scene. The
    80/100
    Consistently fascinating and entertaining, which is a coup for a plotless film in which the primary characters change every scene. The nadir of this gimmick is early in the film, when one of the vignettes relies too much on perturbing incident rather than the meandering pseudo-philosophy conversations that make up the rest of the film. Not to worry, as the film makes up for it with hilarious moments like a woman selling Madonna's Pap smear, a guy living in a room full of televisions, and an old man teaching a burglar about the merits of anarchism. And there's a kind of understated sadness to these aimless people, like the kids that steal Pepsis to sell to people, or the Kennedy-assassination theorist who immediately starts talking about Jack Ruby's dog when someone asks how he is. By the end, Slacker has turned into a sort of "portrait of a city film", in this case Dallas, Texas; one feels like they have the complete feel of the weirdest corners of a city they've been to not once.
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