Lions Gate Films | Release Date: November 2, 2001
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Generally favorable reviews based on 18 Ratings
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JosiahR.May 2, 2002
A twisting case study into the nature of morality and existentialism. Hawke, Leonard, and Thurman give outstanding performances. A must see.
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DanC.Jun 18, 2003
A movie focused on dialogue which teeters on realism to the point of unease. For anyone who wants to see three people hash it out in the most realistic way a movie can get, check it out!
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ChadS.Jul 17, 2004
If Amy (Uma Thurman) didn't interrupt the tussle between Vince (Ethan Hawke) and Johnny(Robert Sean Leonard), and Johnny had the edge, would he pry the tape from Vince's cold, dead fingers? Johnny would then have to kill Amy, too, If Amy (Uma Thurman) didn't interrupt the tussle between Vince (Ethan Hawke) and Johnny(Robert Sean Leonard), and Johnny had the edge, would he pry the tape from Vince's cold, dead fingers? Johnny would then have to kill Amy, too, since Vince mentioned him during their phone conversation. Johnny says he's a different man, and yet, participates in a pot-smoking session with Vince, which might be a clue that's he's held on to his old vices, like drugs, like committing felonies. "Tape" is a remarkable piece of writing, a showcase for its stars (well, Robert Sean Leonard isn't a star, yet) to prove they're actors, and overall, the best play on film since Sidney Lumet's "Long Day's Journey into Night". Director Richard Linklater is no slouch either. A filmed play differs from a regular movie, and digital video seems to make that distinction. A play is about words, and celluloid isn't going to improve the grammar and syntax. The performances and situations feel so real, celluloid would've interfered with the uncanny versimilitude Linklater captured here. We're like flys with eyes. Expand
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LukeM.May 26, 2002
Great performances, terrible premise. Why someone's close friend would arbitrarily betray him as Ethan's character does in Tape is beyond me. And the jumpy camerawork just seems a little desperate; it doesn't compensate for Great performances, terrible premise. Why someone's close friend would arbitrarily betray him as Ethan's character does in Tape is beyond me. And the jumpy camerawork just seems a little desperate; it doesn't compensate for the claustrophobia of the film. Expand
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RyanM.May 3, 2002
Nothing ever happens, no one ever evolves, and the camerawork never gets any better.
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ZeljkoR.Dec 8, 2003
A superb movie, it shows that you don´t have to spend a lot of millions of dollars to do a movie. The cast is superb specially Uma. Rita Kempley quite wrong about the bad lighting and "arty" angles, i suppose she´s a spiderman A superb movie, it shows that you don´t have to spend a lot of millions of dollars to do a movie. The cast is superb specially Uma. Rita Kempley quite wrong about the bad lighting and "arty" angles, i suppose she´s a spiderman alike movie fan. Expand
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YoonC.Sep 22, 2003
One of the few movies that works as filmed play, it pries underneath the surface reality of three friends, exposing darkness beneath the facade of amiability and the desperation under a cool demeanor. Sharply written and performed. Directed One of the few movies that works as filmed play, it pries underneath the surface reality of three friends, exposing darkness beneath the facade of amiability and the desperation under a cool demeanor. Sharply written and performed. Directed with intense focus and concentration. Expand
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