A Man's Story Reviews

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David Noh
Film Journal International
November 7, 2012
Ozwald Boateng may be the only designer who is more compellingly attractive than any of his models, and this less-than-deep documentary fully captures his undeniable charisma.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
November 2, 2012
Showing the personal toll that produces a star in any field could be a soggy, predictable drag, but the documentary "A Man's Story" never slides into easy sentiment or bromides.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
March 9, 2012
It may not cut as deeply as you might have hoped but fashionistas will be fascinated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andy Tweddle
Little White Lies
March 8, 2012
Anchored by the vibrant Boateng, A Man's Story takes you on an enjoyable, if not tumultuous, ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
March 6, 2012
There's much to enjoy here, even if the documentary fails to unclothe the kind of striking fashionista insights that made The September Issue so compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
November 2, 2012
Doc captures the superficial appeal of designer's work but offers nothing deeper.
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
November 1, 2012
Vonicos ... misses an opportunity to make a feature-length documentary that takes the full measure of his subject's work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
November 1, 2012
The result often plays more like a satire of the fashion industry than a serious look at one of the humans inside it.
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Sam Adams
AV Club
November 1, 2012
A Man's Story never gets its man.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Andrew Schenker
Time Out
October 31, 2012
Bonicos's documentary on fashion icon Ozwald Boateng nonetheless evinces a minimal amount of interest in digging into what makes its subject tick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine
October 30, 2012
The doc does a major disservice to an artiste of fashion with a pretty amazing and prolific oeuvre by reducing him to a Bravo-like personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Philip French
Observer [UK]
March 11, 2012
We learn surprisingly little about his work, his development and what shapes his collections.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
March 8, 2012
It's Zoolander without the laughs; a corporate video in the guise of a documentary, unfailingly delighted to let Boateng hold forth on the glory of Boateng.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Anna Smith
Time Out
March 6, 2012
Fashion fans may find 'A Man's Story' interesting, but even they may be disappointed by the lack of insight into the man and his process.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eve Barlow
Empire Magazine
March 5, 2012
Tiresome puff piece about Ozwald Boateng that you'd actually need to be Ozwald Boateng to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
February 27, 2012
Sadly, rather than provide insight into Boateng's creative process, director Varon Bonicos is dazzled by the globetrotting, celeb-schmoozing lifestyle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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