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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)
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  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. A super-taut and superbly acted three-character piece.
  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. For three jerks bitching in a box, Tape makes the most of its minimalism. At its best, it's Betrayal for the Breakfast Club set.
  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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