Art School Confidential
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Art School Confidential
Filmmaker Terry Zwigoff and comic artist and screenwriter Daniel Clowes, who collaborated for the acclaimed 2001 comedy-drama Ghost World, team up once again for this offbeat satire. Jerome (Max Minghella) is an aspiring artist who arrives at a prestigious East Coast art institute to study. While Jerome enjoys daydreams of becoming the best-respected painter on Earth and winning the hearts of his female classmates, he soon learns the sad truth -- his "cool artist" act is old hat in the big city, and as he's surrounded by every art school cliché on Earth, practically nothing about… More

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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 exposé 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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