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Within the confines of a tawdry motor lodge in Lansing, Michigan, three old friends come together to play out the unresolved drama of their final days in high school. John, a first-time filmmaker, is in Michigan to present his film at a local film festival. Vince, now a volunteer firefighter and small-time drug dealer, comes to support John on his big day, or so it seems. But after their initial greetings, an undercurrent of tension remains. Gradually, it becomes clear that Vince still resents what he sees as John having stolen his girlfriend years before, and as the two men debate, a more… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Three actors yakking in a single drab interior, shot on HD video: It's unlikely this poverty-program recipe has, or ever will again, yield results quite as entertaining as "Tape.""
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"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
"Fascinating and engrossing character study with strong performances from the cast..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"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
"This makes good on that old Dogme promise by discarding the crutches of conventional movie drama and concentrating on the raw essentials of character and story."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The performances are amazingly charged and fluid."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Tape is a perfect example of how digital filmmaking can deliver great cinematic values."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"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
"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
"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
"A film, which, for all its energy, never quite sparks into life."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
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