Waking Life

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82

Universal acclaim - based on 31 Critics What's this?

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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 140 Ratings

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  • Summary: In this animated drama, a man walks through what may be a dream, flowing in and out of scenarios and encounters with strange characters. (Fox Searchlight)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    100
    Intriguing, arresting, delightfully refusing to be pigeonholed.
  2. 100
    If there is justice in this world, this is the movie that will get people talking again about the excitement of film.
  3. The film is truly special, truly different -- a wondrous talky roundelay about and for people who love life.
  4. Linklater's ravishing new movie represents a bold leap into the possibilities of technology.
  5. The effect is dazzlingly beautiful and surreal.
  6. Few American filmmakers put more faith in the ability of words to stimulate mind and heart.
  7. All talk and no action. Never, however, has pedantic navel-gazing been so beautifully drawn.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 52
  2. Negative: 12 out of 52
  1. Sep 25, 2013
    10
    This is pretty much like what other people say. There's not much of a plot it's pretty much a philosophy session and there are so many thingsThis is pretty much like what other people say. There's not much of a plot it's pretty much a philosophy session and there are so many things they say for you to ponder upon. The animation is some of the most interesting visuals I've seen in any film. You'll walk out of it thinking differently. Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    Sep 14, 2007
    10
    I'm not sure how a movie can go deeper into the human-experience and still be intelligible. An incredible film.
  3. PatrickS.
    Aug 12, 2006
    10
    i was blown away. It will change the way you view and approach everyday of your life.
  4. Dec 22, 2012
    10
    Absolutely astonishing movie. Definitely in my top 3 favorite movies of all time. I recommend this film to everyone, especially if you have anAbsolutely astonishing movie. Definitely in my top 3 favorite movies of all time. I recommend this film to everyone, especially if you have an interest in lucid dreaming. Expand
  5. Apr 18, 2016
    8
    Waking Life shows us how serious life can be and to wake it, we must live it first. That's insanely difficult, but you can manage to live lifeWaking Life shows us how serious life can be and to wake it, we must live it first. That's insanely difficult, but you can manage to live life by going through it first. Expand
  6. DMcGinty
    Feb 25, 2008
    6
    I seem to be the only person that I know that liked this movie. It's good if you just don't take it too seriously. It's not I seem to be the only person that I know that liked this movie. It's good if you just don't take it too seriously. It's not particularly deep or philosophical. It's just a film of whimsical visuals backed by ambient lectures on post-modern nothingness. Expand
  7. DavidT.
    Mar 29, 2007
    0
    I feel as though this film created exactly what I believe it was trying to escape, an effortless post-modern dichotomy. "Being wierd...for I feel as though this film created exactly what I believe it was trying to escape, an effortless post-modern dichotomy. "Being wierd...for the sake of being wierd!" Terrible film. Expand

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