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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
    50
    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
    30
    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