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21 Years: Richard Linklater

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Michael Dunaway & Tara Wood

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About the Movie

It’s been said that the first 21 years defines the career of an artist. Few directors have single-handedly shaken up the film establishment like the godfather of indie, Richard Linklater. From the groundbreaking SLACKER to his innovative BOYHOOD, Linklater has reached the 21-year mark and has unapologetically carved his signature into American pop culture. Get a raw and honest perspective on Richard through candid conversations with Ethan Hawke, Jack Black, Keanu Reeves, Billy Bob Thornton, Matthew McConaughey, Jason Reitman, Julie Delpy and others, and see their stories brought to life through hilarious animated sequences. For a man who became famous for celebrating the cool and casual, Linklater emerges as a surprisingly strategic and visionary director who has already established a legacy and perfected a style that can’t be denied.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 15
  • Fresh: 6
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 5.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The luminaries in "21" pay deserving tribute to Mr. Linklater. Soon, perhaps, so will the Academy. – Andy Webster, New York Times, Nov 6, 2014

Rotten: "21 Years: Richard Linklater" makes for a disappointingly hollow hagiography: gushy, superficial and strangely overdue - arriving significantly later than its title prescribes. – Peter Debruge, Variety, Nov 6, 2014

Rotten: Feels slapped together, something you'd see at an awards dinner, save for the dippy cartoon segments, which considering the subject's creative use of animation ("A Scanner Darkly"), undercut every anecdotal stab at thoughtful analysis. – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Nov 7, 2014

Rotten: An amiable but wholly unnecessary movie that plays like a feature-length version of those reels one watches while eating rubbery chicken at a banquet honoring a much-loved artist. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Nov 7, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Wonderful tribute to an amazing 21 year span

This documentary fondly recalls the past 21 years of Richard Linklater’s career through the stories and memories of actors he’s worked with including Billy Bob Thornton, Matthew McConaughey, and Ethan Hawke. The doc is nicely paced, engaging, and a truly motivating for any person who wants to make films or appreciates the art of filmmaking.

Smart. Fun. Inspiring.

Makes you want to revisit each of Linklater's films thus far. A thoughtful and witty look at a director who deserves more praise. Great fun to watch.

21 Years: Richard Linklater
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2014

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