Once again Richard Linklater confirms to be truly an atypical director who alternates extremely personal projects with commercial ones. This is by far the best teen movie ever made. The characters are fantastic and every time you watc this movie it it's a bit like the protagonist's friends are your friends too. This film smells of real life, old times and true friendship.
For a while, I resented the sexist, cruel behavior in the film, much of it revolving around the hazing of underclassmen. But gradually, I saw the movie turn into a brash expose of stupid adolescent traditions. [24 Sept 1993]
Brilliantly funny and always entertaining. This is a film for anyone who ever wanted to grow up in the 70's but sadly missed it. It doesn't have a single thought in its head, but who cares when the scenes are so accurately shot and excellently presented.
Dazed and Confused very accurately portrays the whole "teenage wasteland" of the 70's, I'll give it that, but it ultimately has no real plot or any real end. It swerves back and forth between certain key scenes without actually going anywhere. But, it is one very entertaining movie for what it is. The whole reason to watch Dazed and Confused is Matthew McConaughey saying "alright, alright, alright!"
Don't even try to watch this one, just see the sequel instead. The film has no point whatsoever, and is just 103 minutes of pure stupidity. From such a great director like Richard Linklater, this film is a major disappointment.