The Cool School Reviews

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
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.
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.
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 21, 2008
No one emerges very well defined from this historical shuffle, but those who know the artists' works, or names such as Hopps and Blum, but have never heard them speak, will find The Cool School absorbing and informative.
February 22, 2008
A lively film that doesn't linger too long on any one thought or with any one interviewee.
February 22, 2008
What The Cool School does so well, through its color accents and black-and-white photography...is impart a sense of discovery.
November 2, 2007
Morgan Neville's quick-paced documentary The Cool School recounts the rise and fall of Ferus Gallery and the mark it made on American art.