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High Art (1998)

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63

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 3

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Lisa Cholodenko's Sundance award-winning romantic drama about a photo magazine editor and the heroin-addicted former photo prodigy with whom she falls in love is ripe in cliches and artifice, but features two of the year's best performances, from Ally Sheedy and newcomer Radha Mitchell.

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Drama, Romance

Lisa Cholodenko

Jul 27, 2004

October Releasing

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All Critics (62) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (12) | DVD (5)

A highlight of the 1998 Sundance Festival: Cholodenko depicts with unwavering veracity the breakup of one longtime lesbian relationship just as another, unexpected one begins. The acting of the three women, Sheedy Mitchell, and Clarkson, is superb.

December 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Warmed-over Red Shoe Diaries episode wrapped in a blanket of pretension.

April 7, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Solid, sexy drama with a dash of wit. Fine performances especially by Clarkson.

April 1, 2005
PopcornQ

Who knew Ally Sheedy was so sexy?

August 30, 2004
Roanoke Times (Virginia)

A solid if diffident, strongly character-focused drama worth the time of those who appreciate shoegazing introspection for the High Art that it is.

August 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

Needed some naked Radha (don't we all?)

July 30, 2003
New Times

Marks the superior feature film debut of Cholodenko, as well as Sheedy's strongest, and best, role to date.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

As a once-acclaimed photographer who drifted out of the New York art scene into a private world of drugs and dead-end relationships, Sheedy is a genuine revelation; gone are the days when she coasted by on charm and her girl-next-door smile.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
rec.arts.movies.reviews

This affecting film is one of the year's more intriguing art-house entries, and doesn't deserve to be simply relegated to a niche audience.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The film feels superficial, with all its glib characters provoking an air of chic fashion.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A pseudo-intellectual film about the pseudo-intellectual world of art magazines, High Art is as wasted as its drug-addled protagonists.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Audience Reviews for High Art

This is the film that had everyone aflutter because here we have Ally Sheedy coming out of the woodwork years after the Breakfast Club and she is a les-bion. She does a wonderful job but what happened to her co-star Radha Mitchell?
January 26, 2010
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Absorbing psychological tug-of-war ensues for the attentions of fragile, reclusive photographer Lucy (Ally Sheedy) between her current girlfriend, junkie German former actress Greta (Patricia Clarkson) and her newly introduced downstairs neighbor, assistant magazine layout editor Syd (Radha Mitchell) who can get her vocation back on the fast track. The title has a double meaning as Lucy is torn, she can choose to remain in her current situation of privacy locked in a world of drug-fueled parties and a debilitatingly dependent Greta, or gain the strength to get clean and join Syd which also means facing the pressures that drove her away from the photography business in the first place. This trio of actresses is equally excellent in showing each character's vulnerabilities and makes the film worth watching, even if it seems to end with a chapter missing.
February 2, 2013
DrStrangeblog
Doctor Strangeblog

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Cholodenko's debut brims with luscious cinematography.Literally!!The trio is demanding in every frame,projecting the pessimism of life,abnormalities in relationships,a Queer film without the cliches of this genre (I refuse to call it that way).Clarkson is so fuckin' underrated I swear she could play an animated freak and still play as gorgeous as ever.Gloomy atmosphere during the sex scenes.
January 22, 2009
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Dimitris Springer

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