Waking Life
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This inventive animated film, which takes Linklater back to his roots in Austin and Slacker, represents a summation of all the philosophical concerns that have defined him as spokesperson for Gen-X."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"If there was ever a film that made ontological exploration fun, this is it."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"a commercial ripoff designed to confuse art-house patrons"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"A brilliant film that provokes thought, idea, and conversations within the audience through its surreal animation and incredibly profound conversations."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The question comes up often in life: What's your favorite movie? Since October 2001, the answer has been easy and one I shoot back reflexively almost before someone's finished the question: "Waking Life.""
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"The endless philosophising is a bit sophomoric and more jokes would help, but this is one of a kind that grows more absorbing the longer it runs."
‑ , Time Out
"Exhilarating, transporting, funny and haunting -- and at times maddeningly heady or narcotically logy -- Waking Life doesn't compare to any other movie experience I've ever had."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"Love-it-or-hate-it film best for older teens."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Form and content fit perfectly: even if the highbrow babbling gets a bit much, the hypnotic animation means that there is always something to watch, like characters suddenly dissolving into smoke or spectacles expanding."
‑ , Film4
"The novelty of the much-lauded animation style wears off about halfway through, with the end result a film that's more interminable than anything else."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"For a movie heralded as the cutting edge of visual innovation, Waking Life is disappointingly dull in every other respect."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"An instant cult classic, one that's tailor-made for multiple viewings and bound to be popular among college students."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"A far-out-man poetry slam, art exhibit and imaginative philosophical discourse all at once drifts gently down a stream of consciousness until merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, "Waking Life" is but a dream. Who says existential fiction must be dreary?"
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"A true independent film that uses animation techniques to their utmost."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"It is not the best film of the year, nor is it likely to be one that I purchase and watch often. Still, it is something that should be seen by everyone and experienced by any diehard film lover."
‑ Steven Snyder, Zertinet Movies
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