Everybody Wants Some!! is not without its occasional charms and the ability to fall into a pleasurable rhythm, but it will just as soon stall out. Not surprisingly, it shares the same lackadaisical non-storytelling style of director Richard Linklater’s 1993 effort Dazed and Confused. I felt a little better about this one than Dazed and Confused, but Linklater could take a lesson from American Graffiti on how to make a compelling version of the ambling youth film.
So my next statement you’d expect is that Linklater is a hack — but that’s not the case. I liked, from what I saw, the charming Before Sunrise (1995), and Bernie was excellent. So he’s just inconsistent. Everybody wants some… good movies to watch. A better story would help, but when Linklater goes out of his way to avoid any drama, the results are less than optimal. 4/10