• Haider Saleem

    ★★★½ Watched by Haider Saleem 27 Feb, 2015

    It feels like I've just had a Philosophy lesson, which is cool because I love philosophy, but I felt this came across as a little pretentious at first. Halfway through, I started to get into it a little, beginning to understand what the film was about (because literally, you're thrown in the deep end with this film). And at the end, you just want more.

    The film leaves an impression on you, there's no doubt about that, but because I'm on the fence with this one, I'm gonna have to give it 3.5/5. Definitely on the (re)watchlist though!

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  • Dirk van Eck

    ★★★ Watched by Dirk van Eck 27 Feb, 2015

    Like the picture itself, I’m just going to convey some of my impressions really quickly. The untitled main character of Waking Life finds himself in a perpetual state of lucid dreaming, but it soon becomes clear that the dream he’s stuck in is no ordinary one: this is the dream, one that will change everything about the way he perceives, experiences and directs his life once he finally wakes up from it (if ever). It consists of brief separate conversations…

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  • Shaun Munro

    ★★★½ Watched by Shaun Munro 26 Feb, 2015

    I really wish I had some weed to watch this with. Even so, it's a visually gorgeous effort from Richard Linklater, although the skits are relatively uneven; some just feel self-satisfied and verbose yet totally uninteresting, whereas others do genuinely stoke the fires of imagination.

    Not one of my favourite Linklater films, but an interesting experiment nonetheless.

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  • Lee Kolcz

    ★★½ Watched by Lee Kolcz 24 Feb, 2015

    A clearer and more narratively stern version of Slacker that uses rotoscoping to engage the audience. A very modernistic approach to filmmaking that succeeds at what it set out to do but doesn't fulfill the things I want or expect from a film.

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  • Felipe Bascunan

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Felipe Bascunan 21 Feb, 2015

    "I'm writing a novel."
    "What's the story?"
    "Pff. There is no story. It's just moments. Glances. Instants of fleeting human emotion. In short, the greatest stories ever told."

    There's no getting around it, either Waking Life is your kind of movie, or it's not. It's a long dream that's comprised almost entirely of people spouting off about philosophy and existence or something. For me, it's a relaxing, but eerie, evening spent hanging out with all these people who might have…

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  • Marcus Cavalcante

    ★★★★½ Watched by Marcus Cavalcante 21 Feb, 2015

    I can't believe that I had not watched this movie so far.
    A complex and unique film animation directed by Richard Linklater.
    The movie uses the theme of DREAMS to discuss various subjects of life and death, such as mankind, politics, wars, religion, physics, among other things, with really good dialogues. The style of the animation reminded me a lot of another movie directed by Linklater, called A Scanner Darkly(2006), but a little more well done. In 'A scanner darkly',…

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  • pwatersnh

    ★★ Watched by pwatersnh 20 Feb, 2015

    This is the first Linklater movie I've seen that I didn't like. Although the animation style is unique, and paved the way for the stunning A Scanner Darkly, the constantly shifting animation made my head hurt - as if the ranting philosophy sessions weren't enough for my brain to handle. Even though Slacker and the "Before" movies take a similar approach of characters just talking about life, Waking Life for whatever reason bored me to tears.

    I think it's a…

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  • Greg Harrington

    ★★★ Watched by Greg Harrington 20 Feb, 2015 3

    This was a very interesting film to watch. Did I love it? No. My opinion falls somewhere closer to indifference. But I did understand why you would love it. It poses a number of interesting philosophical queries and answers each of them to a different degree. Some were engaging for me personally. Others provided an interesting or new perspective on dreams and reality. A few were simply happening while I waited for them to end. I didn't agree with all…

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  • samkolber

    ★★★ Watched by samkolber 18 Feb, 2015

    This movie serves as a vessel for which Linklater can empty his shower thoughts into. Interesting ideas, but I find the format in which he presents his concepts uninteresting. I wish he could convey his ideas in other ways than through snappy Linklater dialogue.

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  • Aleph Null

    ★½ Watched by Aleph Null 05 Apr, 2013

    dude, like, it's so weird that a film meant to mimic the experience of being baked ends up being so half-baked

    (rambling & open-ended monologues written by college freshers trying to get their heads round philosophy 101 don't magically make your film smart)

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  • Roger_Ebert_

    ★★★★★ Added by Roger_Ebert_

    One of R.E.'s "Great Films".

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  • Jay-r Trinidad

    ★★★½ Watched by Jay-r Trinidad 16 Feb, 2015

    it's one of those you-have-to-watch-it-again...
    and again...
    and again...
    and again...
    and again...

    to satisfy brain activity and hammering of thoughts.

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