from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to films shown in art houses.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of art house.


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  • Nolan earned the right to make a movie as intelligent and expensive as Inception by grossing Warner Bros close to $1.5bn with Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, both of which can best be described as arthouse movies posing as massive franchise blockbusters.

    Mark Kermode: How to make an intelligent blockbuster and not alienate people

  • The framework of the film is far more important than the plot, which is a welcome change from a lot of the heavily event-driven tripe that dominates so called arthouse cinema now, cough, cough, My Blueberry Nights cough and once all the pieces are locked into place the movie starts to develop a life of its own as it meanders gently but nonetheless captivatingly through the complexities of postmodern life.

    FLIGHT OF THE RED BALLOON | Obsessed With Film

  • "Painfully slow but at the same time a resonant, elegiac coming of age story, the second installment in Turkish arthouse director

    GreenCine Daily

  • The so-called arthouse circuit in the UK is slowly vanishing with a great number of the pseudo-indie, pseudo-arty chains filling their screens with the same films as the multiplexes, so I think Metrodome's decision is, at best, a sign of the times, at worst a harbinger of much worse to come.


  • Oh, I see, it's there just for the sake of it, to generate a so called arthouse's vibes, to allow to some fanboys claim that are watching some kind of profound masterpiece, and feel smart believing that they're finally able to understand and enjoy a supposed complex film.

  • Even if it was at your closest arthouse, that is still a bit too long to sit in a theatre.

    The Moviezzz Blog

  • The people that Nowhere Boy would interest already know of its existence, surely, and I highly doubt that some casual arthouse which is, let's face it, the only place Nowhere Boy is going to screen visitor is going to suddenly cotton on to the fact that there is a new movie about The Beatles and go see it instead.

    Confused Boy

  • And besides, what could be "arthouse" about C.D. Payne's extremely crude - but also very funny - novel about Nick Twisp a 14-year-old who creates an alter ego based on Jean Paul Belmondo just so he can score with the love of his young life?

    Archive 2010-01-01

  • I was worried that "Youth in Revolt" was somehow going to be an "arthouse" release and therefore not available immediately in my little corner of the world, but thankfully, I once again appear to be wrong.

    Archive 2010-01-01

  • "Lyon has a population of one million, four times less than Sydney (where I currently live), but about five times the number of screens dedicated to what we would call 'arthouse' cinema," writes Matt Riviera.

    GreenCine Daily: Shorts, 4/16.


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