Waking Life | Full Movie

Waking Life
  • R
  • 1h 41m
  • 2001
Certified Fresh80%
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From the director of Slacker and Dazed and Confused comes one of the most imaginative animated features ever made. This funny, ingenious film, which Rolling Stone Magazine calls "nothing short of amazing," explores the fascinating question: "Are we sleep-walking through our waking state or wake- walking through our dreams"? Join Wiley Wiggins as he searches for answers to lifes most important questions in a world that may or may not be reality in the "most visually alive movie of the year." (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times)
© 2001 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh80%
Critics Consensus: Waking Life's inventive animated aesthetic adds a distinctive visual component to a film that could easily have rested on its smart screenplay and talented ensemble cast.
Detroit News
Susan Stark

June 21, 2017
Emanuel Levy

This inventive animated film, which takes Linklater back to his roots in Austin and Slacker, repre...

June 21, 2017
Time Out

The endless philosophising is a bit sophomoric and more jokes would help, but this is one of a kin...

June 21, 2017
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Jeff Strickler

For a movie heralded as the cutting edge of visual innovation, Waking Life is disappointingly dull...

June 17, 2017
New York Magazine/Vulture
Peter Rainer

If there was ever a film that made ontological exploration fun, this is it.

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Love-it-or-hate-it film best for older teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some very strong language and scenes of cartoon violence, including a shoot-out and a self-immolation. Some teens may be upset by the discussions of death.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Animation, Action, Drama
  • Release Date:October 19, 2001
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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