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  • Summary: Richard Linklater directs this three-character ensemble piece set within the confines of a tawdry motor lodge in Lansing, Michigan. After 10 years apart, three disparate people come together to play out the unresolved drama of their final days in high school. (Lions Gate Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Linklater has hardly been a slacker this year. I'll take the tricky confrontational babble of Tape over some of the gauzier soliloquies in ''Waking Life,'' but either way, he's a filmmaker in love with the music of talk, and let's bless him for that.
  2. 89
    This is what great dialogue -- and by extension great movies -- is made of.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    Smart, unpredictable, and alive with the energies of actors who clearly are enjoying being stretched by their material.
  4. Linklater keeps it lively with imaginative camerawork and razor-sharp editing.
  5. Unfortunately can't transcend its theatrical roots and the actors, good as they are, seem like they're grandstanding.
  6. Reviewed by: Anthony Miele
    60
    Overall, Tape is an interestingly staged play that, with the proper actors could have made a great film, instead of an adequate one.
  7. 20
    A typical student film with its arty angles, bad lighting and pretentious observations.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 2 out of 7

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