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  • Summary: Beautiful Losers is a feature documentary film celebrating the independent and DIY spirit that unified a loose-knit group of American artists who emerged from the underground youth subcultures of skateboarding, graffiti, punk rock, and hip-hop. This documentary tells the story of how a groupBeautiful Losers is a feature documentary film celebrating the independent and DIY spirit that unified a loose-knit group of American artists who emerged from the underground youth subcultures of skateboarding, graffiti, punk rock, and hip-hop. This documentary tells the story of how a group of outsiders with little or no formal training and almost no conception or interest of the inner workings of the art world ended up having an incredible impact on the worlds of art, fashion, music, film, and pop culture. (sidetrack Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Michael Hardy
    100
    For a film about a gaggle of slackers, Beautiful Losers is remarkably polished; with its quicksilver editing and fastidious mise-en-scene, it's as tight as the artists are slack.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Bell
    80
    Beautiful Losers challenges and appreciates, is worthy and worthless; a piece of art in itself.
  3. 75
    Names of the other artists - such as Barry McGee, Ed Templeton, Margaret Kilgallen and Jo Jackson - won't necessarily ring a bell, but they all have interesting stories to tell in this pleasant film, which sings the praises of nonconformity.
  4. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    70
    Fortunately, Rose's on-camera turns as a kind of "I-was-there" guide through the various incarnations of the Alleged Gallery and its starrier alumni, help give this freewheeling portrait a welcome heart.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    63
    While not every artist Aaron Rose profiles in his documentary about one colorful corner of the 1990s New York Art scene is "beautiful," they're all "losers" and proud of it.
  6. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    50
    Regardless of Rose's intentions, his underachieving airiness is both entertaining and perfectly fitting for the slacker ennui of his clique's rising years.
  7. Reviewed by: Alan G. Artner
    38
    On your deathbed you will want back the time it takes to see this one.

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