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One of the key American independent films of the 1990s, Richard Linklater's feature debut is an audacious look at the twentysomething culture in the college town of Austin, Texas. Set over the course of a 24-hour period, the film is a collection of short, unconnected glimpses into the dropout subculture, touching base with a variety of musicians, students, street people and general eccentrics. While there's no real plot to speak of, Linklater's eye for nuance and gift for dialogue are superb, and the portrait he paints is so uncannily accurate that the term "slacker" was… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What Linklater has captured is a generation of bristling minds unable to turn their thoughts into action."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A movie with an appeal almost impossible to describe."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The indie film has a fresh feel."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A brilliant film that plays like a chain of linked short short stories."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Slacker is populated by new-age beatniks with neither fashion nor poetry, populating a culture that's distinguished by its lack of culture."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"This is a work of scatterbrained originality, funny, unexpected and ceaselessly engaging."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Linklater is very aware that his film doesn't have a linear narrative and the movie is structured with that knowledge, as well as for a variety in tone and theme."
‑ Eric Melin,
"A charming ensemble piece, that may be the ultimate campus comedy, about media-fixated, affectless youngsters who became spokepersons for Generation X"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A landscape-changing film for what it represents, as well as for what it contains."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"A key independent film of the early 90s."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"The experience is funny, surreal and weird. Sometimes it's even scary."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"[VIDEO ESSAY] "Slacker" is a hallmark of American independent cinema because it is so thoroughly original in its concepts and execution."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"An exercise in meandering self-importance."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"A landmark by an American master"
‑ Jay Antani, Los Angeles Alternative
"Linklater proved from the start that he knew his way around a camera and could tell an interesting tale in 60 seconds, too"
‑ Christopher Null,
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