Beautiful Losers
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Filmmaker Aaron Rose celebrates the independent spirit of D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) culture in this documentary detailing how a group of like-minded American artists emerged from the underground in the early 1990s to have an enormous impact on the worlds of fashion, film, art, music, and pop culture in general. With virtually no connection to the mainstream art world, the ten artists featured in Beautiful Losers somehow managed to become the strongest creative voices of their generation. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"On your deathbed you will want back the time it takes to see this one."
‑ Alan G. Artner, Chicago Tribune
"An absorbing look at how a circle of dispossessed young artists from the 1990s eventually found its way to mainstream success."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"A shamelessly self-promoting homage documentary to a like-minded group of rebel pop culture artists, who work together in a NYC collective but do independent work."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Like the art scene it documents, Beautiful Losers is chaotic, anarchic, rambling and populated by charismatic freaks with statement T-shirts, complicated haircuts and impossibly rare trainers."
‑ , Times [UK]
"Prioritising the self over the job means Beautiful Losers is rarely more than a compendium of loveliness and apology."
‑ Tom Hutchinson, Filmstar Magazine
"One of the year's best documentaries."
‑ Michael Hardy, Boston Globe
"[An] alternately winsome and irritating documentary about the art scene that grew out of the Alleged Gallery on Manhattan's Lower East Side in the 1990s."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"As you watch the movie wholeheartedly and uncritically celebrate the group's "nonconformist" ethos (shouldn't someone gently break it to them?), you can feel the energy being sucked out of you."
‑ Peter Whittle, Times [UK]
"You can't help but feel like a bit of an eye-rolling parent, wondering if a few of them might benefit from a proper job and a light slap."
‑ Catherine Shoard, Guardian
"That said, all art deserves biography, and great art deserves recognition."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"The film's score, by Money Mark, is an entertainment in itself."
‑ Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle
"[A] pleasant film, which sings the praises of nonconformity."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"An amiable portrait of the artist as a scruffy slacker, and a useful jumping off point for anyone interested in investigating some of the cultural issues that marked the 1990s and the start of the new millennium."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"The affection these people have for each other is what makes Beautiful Losers (the name is taken from one of their shows) so attractive."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"This is a pleasant enough visual romp with surprisingly few down notes."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
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