Slacker (1991)

In Richard Linklater's Slacker, a girl tells her boyfriend, "You're just pulling these things from the sh*t you read. You haven't thought it out for yourself. It's like you pasted together these bits and pieces from… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 5, 1991
DVD Release Date: September 14, 2004
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Slacker rests its shiftless thumb on the pulse of a generation with fresh filmmaking that captures the tenor of its time while establishing a benchmark for 1990s indie cinema.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

What Linklater has captured is a generation of bristling minds unable to turn their thoughts into action.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A movie with an appeal almost impossible to describe.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] "Slacker" is a hallmark of American independent cinema because it is so thoroughly original in its concepts and execution.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

This is a work of scatterbrained originality, funny, unexpected and ceaselessly engaging.

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Josh Larsen

Pretension is kept at bay by the fact that whenever someone is holding court, the others in the scene barely seem to be listening.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The indie film has a fresh feel.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

The experience is funny, surreal and weird. Sometimes it's even scary.

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Eric Melin

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.

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Emanuel Levy

A charming ensemble piece, that may be the ultimate campus comedy, about media-fixated, affectless youngsters who became spokepersons for Generation X

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
A perfect portrait of Austin, Texas in the nineties, this film is full of vignettes of what it is like living out your twenties in that time period. It balances… More
Greg S
The camera tracks the aimless slackers of Austin, TX, following one for a few minutes and then veering off to chase another as they drink coffee and spout a… More
KJ Proulx
In Richard Linklater's first feature film, there are clear moments of technical mishaps and set issues, however, with such an ambitious project most of… More
Randy Tippy
A series of vignettes on life as a twenty-something resident in and around the city of Austin, Texas. Known in some circles as a "cult classic",… More
Sam Barnett
Even in this early stage of his career, Linklater makes his ambition known. Though the entire thing probably won't resonate with everyone, there may in… More
Melvin White
Anti-Artist: Uh, I don't do much really, I just read, and work here, and, uh, sleep and eat, and, uh, watch movies.  This review is going to be pretty… More

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