No, it's not hard-hitting journalism about retail fashion or conspicuous consumption. It's more like a graceful authorized biography of an institution.
| Original Score: B+
There's probably a brilliant documentary to be made at New York department store Bergdorf Goodman. No such luck
| Original Score: 2/5
The overall feel is less of a cohesive documentary and more of a slapdash scrapbook of facts, historical information and name-dropping.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Much of the window dressing has gone out of fashion. It's nice to revisit it here.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
As a sociological exercise, it's like another culture. As a film, it's like science fiction, a visit to Planet Obscenely Wealthy. It is weirdly compelling.
| Original Score: 3/5
A fascinating doc that accurately captures the luster of the venerated fashion mecca and shows why Bergdorf's has become an American institution ...
| Original Score: 3/4
A gloriously gilded wonderland - the stuff of dreams, on view for everyone.
[A] fawning documentary, bankrolled by Goodman descendant Andrew Malloy ...
| Original Score: 2/4
Yes, the store has managed to attract big spenders for more than a century, but the film reveals that there is as much richness in good anecdote as a painstakingly conceived window vignette.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Piles on the designers and insiders, making no lasting impression other than to spark musings on the folly of excess.
This is an infomercial disguised as mildly entertaining cinema.
[Prefers] to polish the marble of the block-long Bergdorf Goodman store rather than look past it. Still, for die-hards, peeking into back halls and hearing the dish will satisfy.
Jumps skittishly from subject to subject, disjointed and repetitive for all but dyed-in-the-wool fashionistas.
There's so much material that's amusing, and so much goodwill for Bergdorf in the hearts of fashion lovers, that it's a shame this is such an ADD sprawl of a movie.
[A] glossy, fawning valentine to conspicuous consumption ...
Though partly funded by one of the descendants of the store's founder, director Matthew Miele has made a lively, clever, fast-moving film that isn't overly reverential about its subject.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The energy in "Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's"-what a great title!-is genuine, infectious and superabundant.
Granted, not every documentary is necessarily required to dig up dirt and say awful things, but the overbearing gush gets tiresome.
You don't have to be in vogue to enjoy this stylish ride through Bergdorf's. It's a surprise package to die for.
This glossy doc is indisputably attractive, with lots of famous faces, amusing stories and stunning clothes to admire.
Much of the focus falls on glowing testimonials from famous customers like the Olsen twins and designers like Dolce and Gabbana, all of whom speak of the retail mecca as the place to be.
This doc, title taken from a remark by a wealthy European shopper and immortalized in a New Yorker cartoon, is fun and frothy, a fan's mash note.