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  • 50
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    As the film devolved from satire to slapstick horror, I didn't believe in it at all. But in his beetle-browed intensity and tremulousness, I completely believed in Minghella's Jerome. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    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. They share Zwigoff's trademark misanthropy, but it doesn't delight as it did in the perversely sweet "Bad Santa." Now it just feels mean. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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." show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    The movie sputters in its later, darker passages, which by design are less audience-friendly than the earlier, satirically secure ones. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    This is as dark as Zwigoff has gotten - arguably even darker than "Bad Santa." And, while it's legitimate to label Art School Confidential as a "comedy," the movie is more clever than it is funny. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    It doesn't help that the central character, Jerome - earnestly played by Max Minghella of "Bee Season" - is essentially a passive observer. show more

  • 50
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    This failure is especially surprising because Zwigoff not only reunited with "Ghost World's" writer, ingenious graphic artist Dan Clowes, but he aimed to satirize a rarefied sphere both know all too well: the art world. show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Like a smart-ass student clever enough to see through everyone but himself, Art School Confidential falls victim to the very clichés it wants to puncture. show more

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