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  • Summary: Art School Confidential follows talented young artist Jerome Platz (Minghella) as he escapes from high school to a tiny East Coast art school. Here the boyish freshman's ambition is to become the world's greatest artist. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30
  1. 75
    There is a wise and understanding teacher on the faculty, played by Anjelica Huston. Defending the work of Dead White Males, she sensibly observes that when they did their best work "they weren't dead yet."
  2. 75
    Intelligent and robust contempt has become so rare in movies that the first half of Art School Confidential is intermittently exhilarating.
  3. If a more elegant and succinct explanation of what compels some people to go to art school has ever been filmed, I haven't seen it.
  4. It works for a good while--probably half of the movie.
  5. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    With an "Animal House"-ish deportment, 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.
  6. Art School Confidential exudes confidence as long as it is satirizing a questionable, at least according to Clowes, institution of higher learning. But 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.
  7. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Zwigoff doesn't get the tone right, and the picture goes from reasonably amusing (if crude) to puzzling to boring to (when a campus strangler enters the picture) hateful.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. SamB.
    Jul 25, 2006
    This is a nasty little gem that skewers the grad/art school pretensions that a lot of knucklehead sycophants wrap their heads around, the only reason why it's getting such low scores is because it calls a lot of so called experts on their credentials and they're severly butt-hurt over it. Expand
  2. MelissaM.
    May 8, 2006
    Another great film from Zwigoff!
  3. James
    May 13, 2006
    Very funny stuff. It's lowbrow humor for a highbrow crowd. A T&A film for intellectuals. Anyone who's been to art school will be able to appreciate it all the more. Expand
  4. ChadS.
    Oct 21, 2006
    Jerome's hero is Pablo Picasso, so surely, there is an awareness on his part of the dead white artist's famous observation that "good artists borrow; great artists steal." "Art School Confidential" is such a sour film; even its happy ending is laced with cynicism, as Jerome's deliberate misinterpretation of Picasso's quote brings him both, personal and professional successes. The filmmaker's potshots towards art school and its banalities are screamingly funny, but at the expense of humanity(this film is for misanthropes). Chip Kidd's novel "The Cheese Monkeys: A Novel in Two Semesters" had both, the sling and the arrow, and its concentration was in art. "Art School Confidential", ultimately, is actually about film; more to the point, about genres and context. I wonder if the makers of "Brick" were inspired by this film. Expand
  5. JimG.
    Jul 21, 2006
    Fun characters in black comedy better enjoyed in Clowe's comics than onscreen.
  6. PabloP.
    Jun 17, 2006
    only see this film if you've been to art school. you'll be able to relate with some of the situations. everyone else should chose another film to see. Expand
  7. BruceO.
    May 14, 2006
    This had to be one of the most worthless, absurd, trite, horrible movies I've seen in quite some time. How do films like this even get made?

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