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Art School Confidential Reviews

July 12, 2006
Curiously, this relentlessly cynical tone turns out sounding refreshingly original compared to the usual pieties in the genre.
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
May 12, 2006
The film loses its way with multiple subplots, becoming a hodgepodge that isn't particularly hard to follow, but, far worse, provides no compelling reason to bother.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
May 12, 2006
What keeps the film from being altogether snide and smug are the well-intentioned performances.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 12, 2006
By the end, it feels as if Zwigoff and Clowes skimmed through a sketchbook without figuring out how to make a fully realized painting, a task that might have mattered less had the movie been either thematically more ambitious or more consistently funny.
May 12, 2006
There's not a single person to like in Art School Confidential, a crucial mistake in a movie filled with mean, shallow and self-absorbed characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 12, 2006
Simply runs out of things to do once it establishes its ground rules of defining stereotypes and mocking pretension.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
May 12, 2006
Even if one disagrees with some of its points, as I do, it offers plenty to mull over.
May 12, 2006
It becomes the sort of thing Zwigoff usually holds in contempt, and how depressing is that?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 11, 2006
Enjoyable and reprises the same dyspeptic attitude that infused Ghost World, but ultimately it lacks its predecessor's originality and humanity.
May 11, 2006
It's pleasant enough, features fine acting in smaller parts, rises occasionally to laughs or plot, but its ambitions and its accomplishments are modest.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
May 11, 2006
The movie accomplishes the simple-enough task of demonstrating that art school types are pretentious and self-centered. What it fails to reveal is why anyone should care.
May 11, 2006
Against this atmospheric background the characters have the depth of stick figures.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 11, 2006
The movie wants to skewer the vapidity of the faddish art world and those who long to break into it, but the film is angrier than it is humorous, and it is ultimately overcome by its own bile.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 11, 2006
Proposes to paint a black comedy, but instead has the outsize ears and lopsided, leering grin of bad caricature.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 11, 2006
It's a ruckus, veering from one picaresque episode to the next in its eagerness to debunk Hollywood clichés and art world stereotypes, but I prefer untidy novelty to paint-by-numbers storytelling any day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 11, 2006
Risks more highs and lows than the plaintive, even-toned Ghost World. But both, improbably, have made themselves more or less at home on screen.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 11, 2006
It's often as naive as it is knowing and can feel as unfocused and sketchy as a film one of Strathmore's students might make.
Read More | Original Score: C-
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
May 5, 2006
Every teacher is a burn-out, every student is a fraud and experimental artists are the worst burn-outs and frauds of all.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 5, 2006
Jerome eventually learns that talent has nothing to do with the success he craves - and, sadly, talented filmmakers and actors don't add up to much in Art School Confidential.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 5, 2006
There are two movies vying to occupy the same space here: a teen comedy about artistic pretension and academic double standards, and a darker, nastier movie about a serial killer.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 5, 2006
A low-key satire of the consensual illusion of art world success, Art School Confidential deftly evokes the peculiar, funny-sad heartbreak of the aspiring genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 5, 2006
Is it satiric? Is it sincere? Go figure, but know this for sure: There's nothing confident about Art School Confidential.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 4, 2006
Terry Zwigoff and Daniel Clowes plod through a grouchy attack on and example of the pretense and hypocrisy of self-declared artists.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 4, 2006
Zwigoff captures quite well the backstab aspects of this world, its rampant phoney baloneyness. But his funk doesn't allow him to capture something far more enticing: the power of true artistry.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 4, 2006
[The film] is at once an awkward coming-of-age story, a scabrous take-down of art-world hypocrisy, and even a murder mystery in which a serial strangler preys on Strathmore's nascent aesthetes.
May 3, 2006
Whether the joke's meant to be on us or on the storytellers, I'm not buying the punchline.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
May 3, 2006
Art School Confidential shows the kind of backbone needed by limp parodies like Thank You for Smoking and American Dreamz.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 2, 2006
Possibly there has never been a movie about the art world that's as much of an eyesore as the coming-of-age oddity Art School Confidential.
May 2, 2006
Art School Confidential is replete with humorous detail -- in that respect, the student art projects are particularly fine -- but it's the attitude that rules.
May 1, 2006
It was dead, pitch perfect. And realistic and funny.
April 27, 2006
Art School Confidential constitutes two-thirds of a worthy follow-up to Ghost World, but it doesn't feel nearly as substantial.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 31, 2006
A satisfyingly bilious satire.
January 26, 2006
Art School likely will entertain a sophomoric audience and etch some winning college-kid figures, but art house audiences will be disappointed by its paint-by-numbers storytelling.
January 23, 2006
[The film] feels insubstantial, echoing without equaling both the coolly ironic edge and heart of Ghost World.