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Art School Confidential Reviews

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December 18, 2010
Cynical and raunchy comedy for adults only.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 16, 2010
It's a shame that the film's main impetus turns out to be focused on such a pedestrian and predictable plot.
August 30, 2009
Messy, squalidly funny
April 19, 2009
Director Terry Zwigoff presents a scathing satire of art school student existence but derails the movie, about a talented young artist (well-played by Max Minghella), with an artificial sub-plot about a campus serial killer.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 8, 2008
Unfortunately, the tender observations Zwigoff and Clowes specialize in are largely missing from Art School Confidential, which spends its energy on the zany people who'd usually pepper the edges of their films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 1, 2008
A stilted satire of teenage passion and apathy, sex and death and concerned with aping style that it never bothers to consider its characters as people.
December 7, 2007
It's too crass to be a plausible satire, and not funny enough to be a dumb comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 23, 2007
It's the work of two misanthropes in an even worse mood than usual.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 3, 2007
Simultaneously champions creative desire while calling out the artistic realm's share of pretentious blowhards.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 20, 2007
An ingenious satire of the pretentious mindset of the elitist art world from the perspective of a rapidly-disillusioned kid who had no idea what he was getting into.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 24, 2007
Making fun of art students is like shooting Darwin fish in a barrel.
March 1, 2007
Suffers from snail-like pacing, an underwhelming central character and the "shooting fish in a barrel" syndrome: The film's targets are all too obvious.
November 11, 2006
Maybe this material isn't entirely fresh, but Zwigoff delivers it with the snap of a quick punch to the face -- which is, in fact, the first image in the film, and a model for innumerable excellent sight gags to follow.
October 13, 2006
...generally comes off as nothing less than a substantial disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 1, 2006
The few characters we might have cared for become increasingly shallow, and it all lapses into clichés about the relationship between art and infamy, between personal integrity and selling your soul, and so on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 12, 2006
Curiously, this relentlessly cynical tone turns out sounding refreshingly original compared to the usual pieties in the genre.
June 16, 2006
The true merit of the movie is the momentary pleasures of the dialogue and the performances, but the story itself leaves you wanting. So, is it art? Looks like it.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
June 9, 2006
Has the makings of a mediocre, after-school sitcom
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 5, 2006
Art School Confidential s'avère une autre belle réussite pour les deux artistes [Zwigoff et Clowes] qui, espérons-le, collaboreront à nouveau dans un avenir rapproché.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
June 3, 2006
Unfortunately, Clowes' script is lame and littered with stereotypes, and the performances of Max Minghella, Sophia Myles, John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent and Anjelica Huston can't save it.
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