Shawn Ko’s review published on Letterboxd:
Dazed and Confused took a little while to grab my attention, but once it did (around 20 minutes in), I was fully engaged. This partly has to do with the movie having a huge cast of characters. However, once I narrowed down which characters were our protagonists, I began enjoying myself more. The realistic and unique depictions that Linklater creates in his characters will never cease to amaze me, and even though I do not always feel connected or relate to them, I appreciate the level of craft that Linklater takes in doing this. It shows throughout his films.
Additionally, the script by Linklater is brilliant. The quick-witted dialogue is extremely well done, and I could watch any group of characters talk about the most random stuff, as long as it’s written by him. Also, even though I did not grow up during this time, why does this film have such a strong nostalgic feeling to it?! In addition to this, the whole time I was watching, I was in awe that this shit even happened back then. That is how warped my perception of high school has become due to social media. So, all in all, Dazed and Confused is another classic film that I am glad I finally got around to watching and is another nice addition to Linklater’s already impressive filmography.