• Released
  • July 5, 1991
  • R , 1 hr 37 min
  • Comedy
Slacker Synopsis
Richard Linklater uses mostly amateur actors to show varieties of a type: the new bohemian.
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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...
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Austin Chronicle

The movie buries its treasures in the crevasses of its drollery and craziness.
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By Kim Newman
This unconventional film will offend anyone looking for a plot, but Linklater's smart observations speak volumes.
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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Rated R