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21 Years: Richard Linklater

Biography . Documentary

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 just reached the 21-year mark and has unapologetically carved his signature into American pop culture. This compelling documentary takes you on a behind the scenes tour into Linklater's style, skills, and motivation via his friends, actors, and other directors. 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.

Actors: Joey Lauren Adams , Jack Black , Miranda Cosgrove , Julie Delpy , Jay Duplass , Mark Duplass , Zac Efron , Ethan Hawke , Greg Kinnear , Matthew McConaughey , Louis Black , Rebecca Campbell
Directors: Michael Dunaway , Tara Wood
Country: USA
Release: 2014-11-07
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  • Joe Neumaier

    There are great clips and good insight, and it’s all as loose and cool as an Austin night out.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Andy Webster

    The luminaries in “21” pay deserving tribute to Mr. Linklater. Soon, perhaps, so will the Academy

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Jesse Hassenger

    Those who already admire the director may not find a stunning level of insight, and the curious but unindoctrinated would be better served by starting with one his actual films rather than a rundown of them. But there’s a certain satisfaction in a rundown of a career as rich and varied as Linklater’s, not unlike the pleasure of watching a well-edited Oscar tribute reel.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    If nothing else, McConaughey's goofball autodidact's intensity certifies that there is, in fact, a "Matthew McConaughey" type of character, and that McConaughey originated it. Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    It’s perhaps surprising that there aren’t more Linklater documentaries out there, considering how substantial, influential, and plain f---ing brilliant his body of work is. In the meantime, 21 Years will have to do.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Michelle Orange

    The assessments offered in 21 Years manage to feel like too little arriving a little late.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • John DeFore

    An amiable but wholly unnecessary movie that plays like a feature-length version of those reels one watches while eating rubber chicken at a banquet honoring a much-loved artist.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    What keeps 21 Years from feeling roughly that long, in addition to the clips (fun fact: Before Sunset’s ending can inspire tears even when shown out of context, with talking heads chattering over the dialogue), is the occasional offbeat moment during interviews.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Carson Lund

    Of greatest damage to the doc's coherence is its wholehearted belief that its subjects are offering firsthand reports worth hearing.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    21 Years: Richard Linklater makes for a disappointingly hollow hagiography: gushy, superficial and strangely overdue — arriving significantly later than its title prescribes.

    Variety Full Review