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Like George Lucas' American Graffiti, Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused is an affectionate look at the youth culture of a bygone era. While Lucas took aim at the conservative 1950's, Linklater jumps ahead a generation to the bicentennial year of 1976 to celebrate the joys of beer blasts, pot smoking and Frampton Comes Alive. Set on the last day of the academic year, the film follows the random activities of a sprawling group of Texas high schoolers as they celebrate the arrival of summer, their paths variously intersecting at a freshmen hazing, a local pool parlor and finally… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"The teenage wasteland, 1976-style, of Dazed and Confused is smack-dab between The Brady Bunch and Children of the Damned , and it's a scary, if sometimes giddily amusing, place to visit."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A better-than-average teen movie but not much more, at least if you aren't a member of Linklater's generation."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"glorifies bullying and tries to balance it with pseudo-intellectual contemplation"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"It may have seemed like a movie that was out of time, but it turned out to be perfectly in sync with the restlessness of the early 90s as well."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"Plenty of drug use with very little consequence."
‑ Elliot Panek, Common Sense Media
"Bet it makes you wanna dance."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Seriously funny, and shorn of any hint of nostalgia or wish-fulfilment, this is pretty much where it's at."
‑ , Time Out New York
"Has the look and spirit of the time down pat. Unfortunately it captures only the worst of the typical misogynistic, foul mouthed druggie losers of the period."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"Like the moustache sported by Matthew McCounaughey's character, Dazed And Confused is sleazy, amusing and quite, quite awesome."
‑ , Film4
"An affectionate but unsentimental recreation of suburban teen culture in the rock -- and pot -- drenched 70s."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Seriously funny, and shorn of any hint of nostalgia or wish-fulfilment, this is pretty much where it's at."
‑ , Time Out
"Dazed and Confused has an enjoyably playful spirit, one that amply compensates for its lack of structure."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The film transcends the common barriers and becomes a living spiritual entity, encompassing the essence and tone of an era."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Despite some gags which use the benefit of hindsight too much for their own good, this is a smart piece of filmmaking which suggests Linklater is already one of the more formidable talents of the 90s."
‑ Steve Beard, Empire Magazine
"A slightly above average plotless teen film filled with nostalgia."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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