91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie never loses its affectionate, shaggy-dog sense of America as a place in which people, by now, have almost too much freedom on their hands.
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89

Austin Chronicle

The movie buries its treasures in the crevasses of its drollery and craziness.
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80

Empire

By Kim Newman
This unconventional film will offend anyone looking for a plot, but Linklater's smart observations speak volumes.
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Despite a deceptively aimless surface that seems to take off from the initial character's musings on roads not taken, Slacker is more than a gallery of alienated post-collegiates spinning their wheels waiting for something to happen. [4 Oct. 1991, p.47]
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75

Chicago Tribune

Linklater`s creation is delightfully daffy-far better, as one of the slackers puts it, than a sharp stick in the eye.
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75

Miami Herald

By Bill Cosford
Slacker is not always so purposefully creepy, but it's often as darkly funny; none of its characters is what you'd call normal, but the film's off-kilter view is such that they seem utterly in tune with their odd lives and odder times. [29 May 1992, p.5]
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The point is not really what is said, but the tone of voice, the word choices, the conversational strategies, the sense of life going on all the time, everywhere, all over town.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Once you're onto its wavelength (it doesn't take long), Linklater's passing parade starts to ring true. [15 Aug. 1991, p. 5D]
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
If they weren't so funny and real, and if Linklater hadn't done such a good job in writing their dialogue and casting them, their lack of ambition might seem depressing, and the movie might come off as some smug hymn to negativity. [9 Aug. 1991, p.F3]
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38

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
It's unclear as to how we are supposed to feel about these monologuists, the majority of whom are twentysomething; nothing is how I felt about them, but perhaps I was tired. [27 Sept. 1991]
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69 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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