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Art School Confidential Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
May 11, 2006
Feels forced and gimmicky.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 12, 2006
A movie with the odd, tired joke about art and artists, a college romance that isn't romantic, and a plot twist that doesn't twist at all.
| Original Score: 2/5
May 4, 2006
It's almost fascinating to watch Art School Confidential slowly start coming apart before it finally crashes and burns.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 15, 2006
...if the lack of chemistry between the leads and the glued-together nature of the plot bring the movie down, they don't totally extinguish its subversive spirit.
| Original Score: 72/100
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
May 12, 2006
Makes you want to dunk your head in a paint can.
| Original Score: D
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
May 3, 2006
Offers some solid laughs, but then gets bogged down in a rather dreary crime drama story that isn't as much fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 11, 2006
The movie chases its own tail, making fun of itself making fun of itself. By the end, whatever targets it had in its sights are so far off you can barely see them anymore.
| Original Score: 2/4
Karina Longworth
Cinematical
February 1, 2008
A stilted satire of teenage passion and apathy, sex and death and crime...so concerned with aping style that it never bothers to consider its characters as people.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 10, 2006
Fails to find a suitably funny or illuminating target at which to direct [its] mordant negativity.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
March 4, 2006
A lazy, unsatisfying comedy noir.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
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
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
June 2, 2006
This has the feel of a beginner's film and has some fun moments and a good performance by John Malkovich, but overall does not have enough to keep it going.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
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
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
May 14, 2006
If you're an art student, you'll probably buy the movie on DVD and rub it all over your body.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 5, 2006
In handing such a major role to such an untested actor (he's the son of film director Anthony Minghella), Zwigoff takes a risk that ultimately doesn't pay off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 24, 2007
Making fun of art students is like shooting Darwin fish in a barrel.
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
May 11, 2006
Cynically presents a culture of weirdos who wouldn't know talent if it poked them in the eye with a paintbrush.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
May 11, 2006
Starts off as a funny, smart and witty look at this art school subculture and the characters within it, but falls apart
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 11, 2006
(Director Terry) Zwigoff paints it all with broad strokes and bright colors, the easier to transform it into a snarky cartoon.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 13, 2006
An absolutely hilarious performance fine-tuned to perfection by producer John Malkovich is worth the price of admission alone...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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