Art School Confidential
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Art School Confidential follows talented young artist Jerome Platz (Max 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, like his hero Picasso. Unfortunately, the beauty and craft of Jerome's portraiture are not appreciated in an anything-goes art class. Neither his harsh judgments of his classmates' efforts nor his later attempts to create pseudo-art of his own win him any admirers. But Jerome does attract the attentions of his dream girl, the stunning and sophisticated Audrey (Sophia Myles), an artist's model and daughter of a celebrated artist. Rejecting the affectations of the local art scene, Audrey is drawn to Jerome's sincerity. When Audrey shifts her attention to Jonah (Matt Keeslar), a hunky painter who becomes the school's latest art star, Jerome is heartbroken. Desperate, he concocts a risky plan to make a name for himself and win her back.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 134
- Fresh: 48
- Rotten: 86
- Average Rating: 5.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Risks more highs and lows than the plaintive, even-toned Ghost World. But both, improbably, have made themselves more or less at home on screen.
Rotten: 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.
Rotten: It becomes the sort of thing Zwigoff usually holds in contempt, and how depressing is that?
Rotten: Proposes to paint a black comedy, but instead has the outsize ears and lopsided, leering grin of bad caricature.
This is a very targeted movie.
This is a love it or hate it movie. Designed to appeal to a very specific audience, it has an ascerbic, taught humor that will appeal to the indie art film mindset. Others will simply find it long, dry and very flat. John Malkovich doesn't work very hard; his performance is almost lethargic. Sophia Myles delivers as the love interest, and Jim Broadbent is outstanding as the alcoholic, bitter, unrecognized artist. If you have ever failed as an artist, this film has something for you.
Do something else with that dollar - anything.
Quite possibly one of the worst movies of all time. John Malkovich appears to have had a day or two off and owed someone a favor. Or lost a bet.
this about sums up art school for me
Of course, the people that really enjoyed art school will be put off.