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In the same year that filmmaker Richard Linklater explored the possibilities of image manipulation in digital filmmaking with Waking Life, he also embraced the new medium's potential for creating intimate character portraits under confined circumstances with this feature, based on the play by Stephen Belber. Johnny (Robert Sean Leonard) is a 30-year-old filmmaker who is enjoying a recent run of success and has returned to his old hometown of Lansing, MI, to show his latest project at a film festival. While in town, Johnny pays a visit to Vince (Ethan Hawke), an old friend from high school… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If Tape's claustrophobia doesn't get to you, and if you've got the intestinal fortitude to spend nearly 90 minutes in intimate proximity with two equally unlikeable guys, the movie does exert a certain propulsive fascination."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"There's a place in the world of the cinema for filmed theater, especially when it's done as well as it is here."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Fascinating and engrossing character study with strong performances from the cast..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Tape brilliantly mixes sex, lies, and videotape-esque quirks with some supreme mental fornicative twists to produce an engaging chunk of film."
‑ Spence D., IGN Movies
"The actors show great chemistry, reveling in the dialogue as they inspire each other to greater heights."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
"For the most part, Tape is smart and deftly executed, with Hawke, in particular, as the resentful Vince, making a vivid impression."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Implodes under the weight of its own 'excessive linguistic pressure.'"
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Though I admired the idea behind the film, the execution, and the performances, the material doesn't seem to add up to anything."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A testament to why blockbuster junkies like me should turn off the Dolby digital and turn on the IFC every now and then."
‑ Michael Brody, CinemaBlend.com
"As the film progresses and voices are raised the audience is dealt a very interesting and compelling film."
‑ Anthony Miele, Film Threat
"The performances are amazingly charged and fluid."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
"A failed experiment with arresting moments."
‑ Steven Rosen, Denver Post
"Linklater is testing the boundaries of what can be done with digital video, thematically as well as visually."
‑ Derek Smith, Cinematic Reflections
"Unlike some other filmed plays, this one contains dialogue that sounds realistic."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The question that comes to the viewer's mind is: Who cares?"
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
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