• hydra815

    ★★★★½ Added by hydra815

    After seeing this film, I am convinced that Richard Linklater is one of the most important and talented directors in America, often flying under the radar a little because of his need to experiment and push the boundaries of cinema whilst masquerading as a mainstream director. A lot of the criticisms of Waking Life accuse the film of people pretentious nonsense, hiding behind it's unique, startlingly effective use of animation whilst actually not containing any depth and although I am…


  • JackieGigantic

    ★★★★★ Added by JackieGigantic 1

    I think referring to a work as being like an "acid trip" is a rather over-used hyperbole, by myself as much as anyone else. Perhaps this has muddied what the non-acid-dropping law-abiding public thinks of what acid happens to be like. If you've never taken acid before, (though it has nothing to do with acid) Waking Life is perhaps one of the closest approximations to the experience I've ever seen committed to film (while Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock provides the…


  • Ryan Gilbert

    ★★★★★ Watched by Ryan Gilbert 25 Oct, 2014

    I can't believe this has been out for 13 years and I've only just watched it.


  • Charles Palentine

    ★★★½ Watched by Charles Palentine 19 Jun, 2013

    Richard Linklater’s philosophical, dialogue-heavy Waking Life feels more like a discussion piece for students rather than a feature film. While the ideas discussed and questions asked are important for everyone to ponder, an hour and forty minute introduction to philosophy doesn’t necessarily translate into engaging cinema. It does, however, result in a good film due to the impressive animation and the likelihood that all audience members engage in a substantive discussion after viewing. And that’s what’s truly special about this…


  • NoYoko

    ★★★★½ Added by NoYoko

    For maximum enjoyment, attempt to watch this film: amidst existential crisis, at a time you feel you have little to no agency in your life, and in between your second and third footlong joint for the night. Or don't. This film is still a fantastic view of the most overwhelming, and to me, terrifying, phenomenon attached to our human existences. But what makes this movie so important to me is to have Linklater's paternal guidance throughout the plunge. Have you…


  • Bizon

    ★★★★ Watched by Bizon 22 Oct, 2014

    It all seemed really important and interesting when I was watching it, but now I'm not even sure if it happened or not...

    Joking aside, Waking Life is ten times the film that Inception is and the rotoscoping is really something.


  • Gavin Breeden

    ★★★★ Added by Gavin Breeden

    Trippy. Thinky.


  • Carlos

    ★★★★★ Added by Carlos



  • Robbie Owen

    ★★★★ Watched by Robbie Owen 15 Oct, 2014

    I often find myself looking at my watch during films which are proving to be lengthy and boring. People who have seen Waking Life will understand the totally different reasons for which I found myself glancing down at the LED numbers on my wrist during the film. Waking Life is an entirely lucid experience, and one that captures not just the freedom and flow, but the unusual panic and discomfort of dreaming. I almost lost track of where I was…


  • Marika

    ★★★★★ Watched by Marika 14 Oct, 2014 1

    An animated film...no...a philosophical and spiritual nostalgia brought to you by Richard Linklater. A film about nothing, and everything at the same time. An acid trip through the subconscious. A film that is capable of questioning everything and providing all the answers simultaneously. This is one of those things that cannot possibly be described through words on a computer screen and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

    This is, however, a piece of work that I can quote for decades…


  • Andrew Bemis

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Andrew Bemis 23 Sep, 2014 1

    Has any movie about philosophy ever been as much fun as Waking Life? It’d been some years since I saw it, and it held up well enough that I can even shrug off the cameo by Alex Jones (perhaps Wiley Wiggins is playing one of the proverbial “sheeple” on a journey of awakening?). If the afterlife is like this movie, I’d be fine with it. Also, I looked up the dream movie that Soderbergh mentions in his scene, the one that Billy Wilder made fun of Louis Malle for making, and it was Black Moon, one of my all-time favorites, so shut up, Billy Wilder.


  • DrewVesu

    ★★★★ Added by DrewVesu

    Saw this in theaters, still love the designs and the intellectual presentations. Such a mind-blowing experience.