The Cool School Reviews

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August 24, 2017
Neville's film shows, in effect, how deliberate the founding of an art movement can be. But also how thrilling it is for those at the eye of the storm.
November 17, 2011
August 15, 2008
The Cool School is a history of the LA art scene which will be most interesting for those who are involved in it.
August 15, 2008
Occasionally too reverent, this remains an effective evocation of a vibrant and interesting art scene, not to mention a touching paean to lost youth.
August 15, 2008
Morgan Neville's 'The Cool School' is a slickly packaged document of the burgeoning modern art scene in LA during the late '50s and early '60s which sadly submerges its fascinating subject matter in technical clutter and contrived set-ups.
June 20, 2008
The Cool School is neither as lively nor as complete as it could be, but as an introduction to modern art, it's a fine freshman course.
May 22, 2008
Breezy doc lives up to its title.
May 22, 2008
Veteran documentarist Morgan Neville's illustrated history of the painters and sculptors associated with Venice's Ferus Gallery (1957-1967) is at once lively and analytical.
May 21, 2008
Makes the case that there's more than basket weaving and freeway driving going on in the seedbed of originality we know as the Great Basin of L.A.
April 4, 2008
Sweeps you off your feet with quick-witted visuals and cleverly used archival footage.
April 1, 2008
Definitely proves that, contrary to certain opinions, Los Angeles is not a cultural wasteland where fine art is concerned.
March 28, 2008
Surf's up in Southern California as the modern art world invades Nixonville and Reagan City in the 1950s. A fascinating look at the start of something big: modern art in Los Angeles.
March 28, 2008
Thoughtful and thought-provoking.
March 28, 2008
Diverting.
March 28, 2008
The Cool School, a breezy, lively documentary about a thin slice of the Los Angeles fine art scene in the 1950s, is easy on the eyes, and the ears too.
March 28, 2008
Cool School is a must for anyone interested in 20th century American art.
March 26, 2008
Documentarian Morgan Neville takes an appropriately lively, left-field approach to The Cool School's eye-opening history of the Beat-era Left Coast art scene -- a lesser-known chapter in the story of American modern art.
March 25, 2008
All told, and well told, this is essential history.
March 25, 2008
Largely avoids sharply delineated portraits, with its focus on the scene at the expense of individuals, ultimately resulting in a documentary that doesn't rise above the functional.
March 25, 2008
Though designed more for the devotee of the arts than your average moviegoer, the film is still apt to enthrall even the uninitiated who wouldn't know a Jackson Pollock from a Willem de Kooning.
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