Tape (2001)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 16, 2001
DVD Release Date: April 16, 2002
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Tape's stagebound feel is balanced by the engrossing psychodrama of its storyline, which allows a committed cast to shine.

Dennis Harvey

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."

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

For the most part, Tape is smart and deftly executed, with Hawke, in particular, as the resentful Vince, making a vivid impression.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Fascinating and engrossing character study with strong performances from the cast...

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

The performances are amazingly charged and fluid.

Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

Tape is a perfect example of how digital filmmaking can deliver great cinematic values.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

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.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

There's a place in the world of the cinema for filmed theater, especially when it's done as well as it is here.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Though I admired the idea behind the film, the execution, and the performances, the material doesn't seem to add up to anything.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Walker
"I'm not high and mighty. I'm too high to be high and mighty" As a companion piece to the marvellous Waking Life, director Richard… More
Conner Rainwater
Ingenious in its execution. This relies on its minimalistic setting and performances. Thankfully, both deliver in spades. Ethan Hawke and Robert Sean Leonard… More
Melvin White
Amy: People change. They end up having nothing to say to each other even if they were best friends years before.  "Some things can't be erased"… More
Michael S
Great acting.
familiar stranger
The movie is quite a good (tensed) dramatic presentation specifically considering that it relies merely on two characters for most of its screen time with one… More
Mark Abell
A powerful drama that explores the perceptions of three friends from high school revisiting a traumatic event from their past, ten years later. The action all… More