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Art School's misanthropy is too sour, its targets too flat and cliched, and Clowes and Zwigoff stumble when trying to build a story around the premise. Read critic reviews

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Jerome (Max Minghella), a freshman at a prestigious art school, dreams of making it big, but his arrogance and affectations hamper his chances. Jealous of a clueless jock, he hatches a plan to make a splash in the art world and win the heart of the prettiest gal in school.

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  • Jun 26, 2018
    This is a bona fide cult gem. I remember enjoying this film when it was first released and was riding the Zwigoff unrealistic expectations after Ghost World and Bad Santa. The film is smug and shallow, but that is the idea of the film. This is not your everyday mainstream indie film, this is the other one, the film you introduce to other film nuts like yourself. A strong cast delivers on the purposeful performances, Malkovich steals the show yet again. The film is funny, dark and about the lengths someone would go to, to ensure success at any cost. Great film, primed for rediscovery through cult status. 26-06-2018.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jan 31, 2013
    Man, I wanted to like this skewering of the exploiters who claim to teach art, but the filmmakers didn't trust their own instincts enough, their own vision ... and so added some lame-o bit about a murderer on campus to "liven things up". Too bad. Nonetheless, their are some good performances, particularly Jim Broadbent as the undiscovered artist gestating in murky void, and Sophia Myles as "the muse" (what else?).
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 28, 2011
    An art student pursues a beautiful woman while a killer stalks the student body. I liked the film's almost oppressively cynical air. Multiple characters remark how the human species should be wiped off the planet, and the art teachers/successful artists pillory the art establishment at will. At the center of the film is an exploration of what art is or should do, and the filmmakers seem to suggest that all answers are wrong. Also, Sophia Myles is astoundingly beautiful. Her performance is uneven, occasionally the girl next door and occasionally the damaged cynic, but she exudes sexuality effortlessly, and it's easy to understand Jerome's obsession with her. However, the film is uneven. There is a plot twist that makes little sense, and Jerome's emotional state goes through unexplained peaks and valleys. Overall, there are flaws in the storytelling, but the film's dark heart is in a unique place, which ultimately makes it worth the time.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2011
    Professor Sandiford: Now, everyone don't be so hard on Jerome. He is attempting to achieve the impossible. He is trying to sing in his own voice using someone else's vocal cords.  I've read some negative reviews on Art School Confidential, but ultimately the film has John Malkovich, so I watched it anyway. I'm really glad I did too because I really enjoyed the movie. It was a well developed film that somehow kept me watching. You'd think it would be boring, but it is entertaining and actually fun in it's own way. The movie is weird and that's what it's got going for it. It uses it's weirdness to it's advantage, like most artists, I guess. All of the characters are eccentric and well developed. Each one has his or her own thing going for themselves in the art world. Jerome wants to be the best artist of the 21st century, but he isn't being well received by his fellow peers. Audrey is a beautiful woman who uses her looks as a model for artists to use in their works. Professor Sandiford is a teacher who like Jerome isn't well received, but he continues to try to make a name for himself. Vince is working on a film about the serial killer who is going around strangling women. These characters are all well played by the great cast the movie has.  Although not as funny as it could have been, it does have some pretty funny parts. If I knew more about the goings on at an art school, it probably would have been even funnier. Art School Confidential is really an underrated film that has a lot more going for it then people will give it credit for.
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