Richard Linklater


Richard Stuart Linklater (born July 30, 1960) is an American filmmaker. He is known for humanist films that revolve mainly around suburban culture and the effects of the passage of time. Linklater is known to have a distinct style and method of filmmaking. Many of his films are noted for their loosely structured narrative; several of his projects feature the same actors filmed over an extended period of years. He’s received five Academy Award nominations during his career: 3 for writing, 1 for directing, and 1 for producing. In 2015, He was included on the annual Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

His films include the observational comedy Slacker (1991); the coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused (1993), Jason London, Wiley Wiggins, Sasha Jenson, Michelle Burke, Rory Cochrane, Ben Affleck, Adam Goldberg, Anthony Rapp, Melissa Rbisi, Milla Jovovich, and Matthew McConaughey; the romantic drama Before trilogy: Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004), and Before Midnight (2013), all three co-written by and starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy; the music-themed comedy School of Rock (2003), with Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Mike Whie, and Sarah Silverman; the rotoscoped animated films Waking Life (2001) and A Scanner Darkly (2006), with Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Winona Ryder, and Woody Harrelson; the epic coming-of-age drama Boyhood (2014), with Hawke and Patricia Arquette; and the comedy Everybody Wants Some!! (2016), with Blake Jenner, Zoey Deutch, Ryan Guzman, Tyler Hoechlin, Glen Powell, Will Brittain, and Wyatt Russell.

Other films include SubUrbia (1996), with Nicky Katt, Ajay Naidu, Parker Posey, Giovanni Ribisi, Samia Shoaib, Dina Spybey, and Steve Zahn; The Newton Boys (1998), with McConaughey, Hawke, Skeet Ulrich, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dwight Yoakam, and Julianna Margulies; Tape (2001), with Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, and Uma Thurman; Bad News Bears (2005), with Billy Bob Thornton, Greg Kinnear, Marcia Gay Harden, Sammi Kane Kraft, and Jeffrey Tedmori; Fast Food Nation (2006), with Arquette, Luis Guzmán, Hawke, Ashley Johnson, Kinnear, Kris Kristofferson, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ana Claudia Talancón, Wilmer Valderrama, Bobby Cannavale, Paul Dano, Aaron Himelstein, Avril Lavigne, and Bruce Willis; Me and Orson Welles (2009), with Zac Efron, Christian McKay, Claire Danes, Ben Chaplin, James Tupper, Eddie Marsan, Kelly Reilly, Leo Bill, and Zoe Kazan; Bernie (2012), with Black, Shirley MacLaine, and McConaughey; Last Flag Flying (2017), with Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, Yul Vazquez, and Cicely Tyson; Where’d You Go, Bernadette (2019), with Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer, and Fishburne.

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • Woodshock (1985) – documentary short
  • It’s Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books (1988)
  • Slacker (1991)
  • Heads I Win/Tails You Lose (1991) – experimental film
  • Dazed and Confused (1993)
  • Before Sunrise (1995)
  • SubUrbia (1996)
  • The Newton Boys (1997)
  • Waking Life (2001)
  • Tape (2001)
  • Live from Shiva’s Dance Floor (2003) – short
  • School of Rock (2003)*
  • Before Sunset (2004)
  • $5.15/Hr. (2004) – pilot
  • Bad News Bears (2005)
  • Fast Food Nation (2006)
  • A Scanner Darkly (2006)
  • Inning by Inning: A Portrait of a Coach (2008) – documentary
  • Me and Orson Welles (2009)
  • Bernie (2012)
  • Up to Speed (2012) – documentary series – 6 episodes
  • Before Midnight (2013)
  • Boyhood (2014)*
  • Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)
  • Last Flag Flying (2017)
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette (2019)
  • Another Day at the Office (2019) – short