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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Constance Bennett's rating of the film It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books

    I love these sorts of films that follow a character through their life as they fill their days with seemingly mundane activities occasionally interacting with other people but ultimately returning to their solitude. This is one of the best of those, and it is astounding that it was Linklater's first full length feature. The colour tones are beautiful and I particularly loved the train scenes. A brilliant debut.

  2. kinotopia's rating of the film It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books

    basically a ripoff of "Je Tu Il Elle" but still a beautiful, incredibly austere movie.

  3. marco's rating of the film It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books

    film as a digital diary

  4. saitosouta's rating of the film It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books

    Although "Slacker" is more paranoiac than I expected and also shows signs of subsequent Linklater film, "It's Impossible~" is completely different to other films. Highly minimal as hell, Super-8 cinematography with melancholic purple, desolate landscape in which youth tired of youth spends days meaninglessly. Why did person make such a optimistically dull "Dazed & Confused" who made bleak & paranoiac film ?

  5. Brendan's rating of the film It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books

    Where Slacker is the collective mind and time as a moment, this film is the singular mind and time as an eternity. One of Linklater's best!

  6. RENO NISMARA.'s rating of the film It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books

    camera movement is for pussies.

  7. Jordan Kaltz's rating of the film It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books

    so beautiful and simple + surprise daniel johnston cameo!!!!!!

  8. Steve Pulaski's rating of the film It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books

    Linklater's commentary is actually very engaging. So is the film. Simplicity, minimalist filmmaking at its finest.

  9. Indrek's rating of the film It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books

    Highly similar atmosphere to Jarmusch´s first movie "Permanent Vacation. Describes well the beauty of nothingness.

  10. gaffordKINO's rating of the film It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books

    A movie rich in atmosphere and attitude. Like a William Eggleston photograph, Linklater captures the beauty in the purely ordinary. From brushing your teeth to hitchhiking, every action is treated the same, with a static shot, protagonist either sitting in or walking into the background. A portrait of disconnection, alienation and the mindset of travel.

  11. EvanMather's rating of the film It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books

    This is a great movie I discovered on disc 2 of the Slacker DVD set.

  12. Zachary Phillip Brailsford's rating of the film It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books

    Oh man, oh man. Richard Linklater struck one out of the park with this, his first feature film. Utilizing 8mm to shoot this massive project (not in length, but in examination), he created something so self-assured, and yet so completely informal. This is my favorite movie Linklater has made, and I very much so hope that it finds a respecting audience, moreso than the seemingly small one it has right now. Savvy