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Beautiful Losers

  Unrated Closed Captioning

Aaron Rose & Joshua Leonard

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About the Movie

Beautiful Losers celebrates the spirit behind one of the most influential cultural moments of a generation. In the early 1990s a loose-knit group of like-minded outsiders found common ground at a little NYC storefront gallery. Rooted in the DIY (do-it-yourself) subcultures of skateboarding, surf, punk, hip hop & graffiti, they made art that reflected the lifestyles they led. Developing their craft with almost no influence from the "establishment" art world, this group and the subcultures they sprang from have now become a movement that has been transforming pop culture. Starring a selection of artists who are considered leaders within this culture, Beautiful Losers focuses on the telling of personal stories. It speaks to themes of what happens when the outside becomes "in" as it explores the creative ethos connecting these artists and today's youth.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 28
  • Fresh: 18
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 6.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Though [Director] Mr. Rose can't be blamed for waxing nostalgic, he can't much expect us to care about so fawning and self-serving a document. – Nathan Lee, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A celebration of Peter Pan-like spirits who felt the freedom to express themselves before anybody cared. – Peter Debruge, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: An absorbing look at how a circle of dispossessed young artists from the 1990s eventually found its way to mainstream success. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Oct 18, 2008

Fresh: [An] alternately winsome and irritating documentary about the art scene that grew out of the Alleged Gallery on Manhattan's Lower East Side in the 1990s. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews


I saw this last year in Minneapolis at the Walker - this movie is brillant and truly inspiring! A most see!

Beautiful Losers

Been following beautiful losers since the exhibit in san francisco years ago. Super excited for this docu. really inspiring.


This film is utterly inspiring for all human beings. Especially if you're an artist, this is a MUST SEE! I truly enjoyed this film. Totally glad I bought it. Worth every penny.