Miguel Arteta

Miguel Arteta

  • Highest Rated: 87% The Motel (2005)
  • Lowest Rated: 31% Star Maps (1997)
  • Birthday: Not Available
  • Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • A Latino filmmaker with a gift for portraying off-kilter behavior in all shapes and ethnicities, Miguel Arteta emerged as one of the Sundance Film Festival's success stories in the late '90s.Born in Puerto Rico to a Peruvian father and Spanish mother, Arteta grew up all over Latin America due to his father's itinerant existence as a Chrysler auto parts salesman. After he was kicked out of school in Costa Rica, Arteta was taken in by his sister in Boston, where he discovered filmmaking at a local high school for the arts. His aesthetic tastes out of step with their cinema verité ethos, Arteta left Harvard University's documentary program to study film at Wesleyan, where he met future collaborators Matthew Greenfield and Mike White. After he graduated in 1989, Arteta's musical short Every Day Is a Beautiful Day was nominated for a Student Academy Award in 1990. After it was shown to Jonathan Demme, Demme hired Arteta to work on his documentary Cousin Bobby (1991) and recommended Arteta for admission to AFI's graduate film program. He earned his M.F.A. in 1993.Angered by his experience at AFI and the treatment of minorities by Hollywood in general, Arteta spent the next several years struggling to make his first feature, Star Maps (1997). Aiming to make a Latino film that was neither a stereotypical gang story nor an uplifting exercise in positive images, Arteta instead took aim at the family and the Hollywood system in a story about a Mexican teen with dreams of movie stardom who is pimped by his father in Los Angeles. Impoverished by the filmmaking process, Arteta became one of Sundance's Cinderella stories after Star Maps was bought for 2.5 million dollars and earned positive reviews for its tricky mix of comedy, drama, and magical realism. Honing his skills between movies, Arteta turned to directing TV with episodes of Homicide: Life on the Streets, Snoops, and the acclaimed teen series Freaks and Geeks; his deft touch with bizarre family dynamics proved an ideal match for segments of HBO's award-winning drama Six Feet Under. With his TV work earning his living, Arteta remained resolutely independent in his movies. Scripted by and starring White, Arteta's second feature, Chuck & Buck (2000), became another Sundance success even as it divided critics. Shot on digital video for greater intimacy, Chuck & Buck's story of a man-child's obsession with his former childhood friend-turned-uptight executive (Chris Weitz) unnerved some viewers even as it garnered accolades for its eccentric take on male friendship. Continuing their dark yet comically engaging interrogations of adult expectations, Arteta and White scored yet another Sundance hit with The Good Girl (2002), starring a superbly frumpy Jennifer Aniston as a cashier who dramatically reassesses her life.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Like a Boss Director 2020
57% Duck Butter Director Screenwriter 2018
74% Beatriz at Dinner Director $7.2M 2017
66% Digging For Fire Bartender $0.2M 2015
61% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Director $56.8M 2014
86% Cedar Rapids Director $6.9M 2011
66% Youth in Revolt Illegal Immigrant #2 Director $15.2M 2010
No Score Yet See This Movie Panelist 2006
87% The Motel Producer 2005
No Score Yet Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody? Director 2005
82% In Good Company Globecom Technician $45.5M 2004
82% The Good Girl Director $13.8M 2002
84% Chuck & Buck Director 2000
31% Star Maps Screenwriter 1997

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

91% Succession
2018
Director
  • 2018
60% Famous in Love
2017-2018
Director Executive Producer Producer
  • 2018
  • 2017
92% Getting On
2013-2015
Director Executive Producer
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
83% The Carrie Diaries
2013-2014
Director Executive Producer Producer
  • 2014
  • 2013
87% Enlightened
2011-2013
Director
  • 2013
  • 2011
77% House of Lies
2012-2016
Director
  • 2012
81% Nurse Jackie
2009-2015
Director
  • 2012
55% The New Normal
2012-2013
Director
  • 2012
94% New Girl
2011-2018
Director
  • 2012
  • 2011
77% American Horror Story
2012
Director
  • 2011
66% How to Make It in America
2010-2011
Director
  • 2011
55% The Big C
2010-2013
Director
  • 2011
97% Ugly Betty
2006-2010
Director
  • 2009
  • 2007
89% The Office
2005-2013
Director
  • 2007
83% Six Feet Under
2001-2005
Director
  • 2004
  • 2002
  • 2001
100% Freaks and Geeks
1999-2000
Director
  • 2000
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
Director
  • 1999
No Score Yet Snoops
1999
Director
  • 1999

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