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Art School Confidential Reviews

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Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
Cynical and raunchy comedy for adults only.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
Messy, squalidly funny
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
It's the work of two misanthropes in an even worse mood than usual.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
July 3, 2007
Simultaneously champions creative desire while calling out the artistic realm's share of pretentious blowhards.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kam Williams
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
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
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.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 13, 2006
...generally comes off as nothing less than a substantial disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 12, 2006
Curiously, this relentlessly cynical tone turns out sounding refreshingly original compared to the usual pieties in the genre.
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
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
June 3, 2006
This smarty-pants campus yarn is on fire with satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 21, 2006
An inspired work.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dan Lybarger
May 21, 2006
Zygoff and Clowes do get the most out of their first-rate cast and prove that hollow laughs are far superior to no laughs at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 17, 2006
Bitter, flawed, a bit sophomoric, but compelling in a way that better balanced cinematic efforts rarely are.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 12, 2006
Their humor comes not from a need to be loved or a need to win awards, but rather straight from an acute awareness of the world's follies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
May 12, 2006
No matter which is the real imitator, life or art, Art School Confidential does its own fine job skewering both.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
May 12, 2006
Despite running out of juice in its last half-hour, Art School Confidential has enough solid laughs and insider jokes to become a cult perennial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
May 12, 2006
Zwigoff's angry exposé of this intense, tiny subculture isn't fair to anyone in the art world, but if you can stomach the overstatement, it's often scathingly funny. And it's sometimes scathingly smart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 12, 2006
What keeps the film from being altogether snide and smug are the well-intentioned performances.
| Original Score: 3/4
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
May 12, 2006
Takes some getting used to, but ends up being as bleak as Zwigoff's coal-blackened Bad Santa.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 12, 2006
There is something in the Zwigoffian universe that values such characters [as Jimmy]; having abandoned all illusions, they offer the possibility of truth. I also much enjoyed Broadway Bob.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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