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Art School Confidential
"Art School Confidential" follows Jerome, an art student who dreams of becoming the greatest artist in the world. Arriving as a freshman at a prestigious East Coast art school, filled with every artsy "type" there is, Jerome quickly discovers his affected style and arrogance won't get him very far. When he sees that a clueless jock is attracting the glory rightfully due him, he hatches an all-or-nothing plan to hit it big in the art world and win the heart of the most beautiful girl in the school.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Curiously, this relentlessly cynical tone turns out sounding refreshingly original compared to the usual pieties in the genre."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"A movie with the odd, tired joke about art and artists, a college romance that isn't romantic, and a plot twist that doesn't twist at all."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Cynical and raunchy comedy for adults only."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"Director Terry Zwigoff presents a scathing satire of art school student existence but derails the movie, about a talented young artist (well-played by Max Minghella), with an artificial sub-plot about a campus serial killer."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"It's too crass to be a plausible satire, and not funny enough to be a dumb comedy."
‑ Keith H. Brown, Eye for Film
"No matter which is the real imitator, life or art, Art School Confidential does its own fine job skewering both."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"Zwigoff's angry exposť of this intense, tiny subculture isn't fair to anyone in the art world, but if you can stomach the overstatement, it's often scathingly funny. And it's sometimes scathingly smart."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"It's a shame that the film's main impetus turns out to be focused on such a pedestrian and predictable plot."
‑ , Film4
"Unfortunately, the tender observations Zwigoff and Clowes specialize in are largely missing from Art School Confidential, which spends its energy on the zany people who'd usually pepper the edges of their films."
‑ Robert Davis, Paste Magazine
"It's the work of two misanthropes in an even worse mood than usual."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"The film loses its way with multiple subplots, becoming a hodgepodge that isn't particularly hard to follow, but, far worse, provides no compelling reason to bother."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"What keeps the film from being altogether snide and smug are the well-intentioned performances."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Messy, squalidly funny"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A stilted satire of teenage passion and apathy, sex and death and concerned with aping style that it never bothers to consider its characters as people."
‑ Karina Longworth, Cinematical
"Simultaneously champions creative desire while calling out the artistic realm's share of pretentious blowhards."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
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