Beautiful Losers (2008)

Beautiful Losers

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Critic Consensus: An insightful if fawning documentary that explores a group of 90s NYC artists.


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Filmmaker Aaron Rose celebrates the independent spirit of D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) culture in this documentary detailing how a group of like-minded American artists emerged from the underground in the early 1990s to have an enormous impact on the worlds of fashion, film, art, music, and pop culture in general. With virtually no connection to the mainstream art world, the ten artists featured in Beautiful Losers somehow managed to become the strongest creative voices of their generation. ~ Jason … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 24, 2009
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Beautiful Losers

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (11)

On your deathbed you will want back the time it takes to see this one.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

One of the year's best documentaries.

Full Review… | September 26, 2008
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The film's score, by Money Mark, is an entertainment in itself.

Full Review… | September 5, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
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An absorbing look at how a circle of dispossessed young artists from the 1990s eventually found its way to mainstream success.

Full Review… | August 29, 2008
Los Angeles Times
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[An] alternately winsome and irritating documentary about the art scene that grew out of the Alleged Gallery on Manhattan's Lower East Side in the 1990s.

Full Review… | August 8, 2008
Salon.com
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[A] pleasant film, which sings the praises of nonconformity.

Full Review… | August 8, 2008
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for Beautiful Losers

Interesting, but underwhelming documentary about art. Had some good things in it, and the artist interviews were enjoyable, but felt a bit lacking somewhere.

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Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

Documentary on a group of self-made artists in 90's New York and how their DIY mentality influenced the mainstream world of art and advertisting. As a fan of artists whose primary focus isn't to be as cool as humanly possible (cf most surfer dude documentaries) it was nice to see artists enthusiastically dissing their early works and emphasizing how nerdy they were, but it was hard to tell how they got from there to fame or indeed how famous they got to be. But there's a definitely charm in a philosophy that embraces all of us who still secretly like to "make stuff" at home.

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Lesley N

Super Reviewer

BEAUTIFUL LOSERS celebrates the spirit behind one of the most influential cultural moments of a generation.

In the early 1990's a loose-knit group of like-minded outsiders found common ground at a little NYC storefront gallery. Rooted in the DIY (do-it-yourself) subcultures of skateboarding, surf, punk, hip-hop, and graffiti, they made art that reflected the lifestyles they led. Developing their craft with almost no influence from the "establishment" art world, this group, and the subcultures they sprang from, created a movement that transformed pop culture.

Starring Shepard Fairey, OBEY founder and creator of the Barack Obama "Hope" poster; award-winning pro skater Ed Templeton; Harmony Korine, writer of the cult favorite KIDS and director of GUMMO and MISTER LONELY; and Mike Mills, director of THUMBSUCKER and designer of album covers for Beck, Beastie Boys, Sonic Youth, and more. Also starring Barry McGee, Chris Johanson, Geoff McFetridge, Jo Jackson, Margaret Kilgallen, Stephen Powers, and Thomas Campbell.

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