Clerks (1994)

When Dante Hicks (Brian O'Halloran) is reluctantly put in charge of the Quick Stop market on his day off, he tries, though half-heartedly, to perform his minimum-wage duties as efficiently as possible. This gets tough amidst the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 29, 1999
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Janet Maslin
New York Times

A buoyant, bleakly funny comedy chronicling a day's worth of activity at two adjoining stores.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

The film looks no more expensive than it was; some of the acting (by local nonprofessionals) is spectacularly amateurish; the story is a series of anecdotes about hockey, shopping and loving the one you're with. But it's worth loitering in this shop.

James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

an exemplar of what can happen when the stars align and someone's home movie can help foment a revolution

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

A hoot one moment, a hiss the next, the film is about as even as a city road after a hard winter. But the script's sheer vigour sees us through.

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John Hartl

At 24, Smith also knows something about casting. Using a mixture of stage actors and novices, he's found the right ensemble tone to make Clerks seem as spontaneous as it needs to be.

Bill Gibron

Clerks remains a defining debut, a symbolic shot into the darkened domain of legitimate moviemaking.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Clerks is so utterly authentic that its heroes have never heard of their generation.

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Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

There's no denying the raw and energetic feel Smith created with a memorable script, great characters and a genuine sense of Gen X angst.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...the film's inherent deficiencies are generally overshadowed by the distinctly earnest vibe.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
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Kevin Smith deserved all the recognition that he got after presenting us with this hilarious slice-of-life cult movie, which was made with a very limited budget… More
Lucas Martins
Criative and entertaining, Clerks it's Kevin Smith best work.
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Randy Tippy
Profane, obscene and extremely intelligent.
Chris Weber
Shot in black and white on a meager budget of $27,000, this is one of the best 'a day in the life of' or 'slice of life' films ever, and a… More
Daniel Perry
What's strange about Clerks is that the characters speak of such hyperbolically disgusting things all the time - the first, but certainly not the last,… More