Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston Reviews

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Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist
January 24, 2012
Sudler-Smith spends so much time documenting Sudler-Smith trying to ineptly document this story that one immediately begins to wonder if it's all some sort of strange joke.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Eric Hynes
Village Voice
January 17, 2012
A ghastly vanity affair for one Whitney Smith, the son of a socialite who, despite minimal credits to his name, feels entitled to make Halston's story his own.
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Sam Adams
AV Club
January 19, 2012
At least Smith has proof that he spent ample time with the beautiful people.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine
January 21, 2012
The tension between the amateurish interviewer and the star interviewees gives the doc a layer of authenticity that its otherwise formulaic structure and storytelling fail to find.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
March 9, 2012
Halston's name is in the title, but the faintly irritating Ultrasuede isn't necessarily about the fashion designer. It's about director Whitney Sudler-Smith
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
January 19, 2012
A dishwater-dull film about an electric subject
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies
January 13, 2012
Less a portrait of its ostensible subject than that of his times, and the film suffers from yet another examination of the disco era.
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
January 20, 2012
It's unfortunate that director Whitney Sudler-Smith seems to have spent more time on his own hair than his interview prep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Anthony Quinn
Independent
April 17, 2015
[It's directed by] an unknown amateur named Whitney Sudler-Smith who looks a bit like Julian Assange and seems almost surprised to be making a film at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
January 19, 2012
Lost in all this is Halston, who comes through only in dribs and drabs. If you're curious about him, skip this film.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
April 17, 2015
The film is poorly structured, and most of Sudler-Smith's conclusions are trite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
April 17, 2015
I want to believe that Whitney Sudler-Smith, the director and camera-hogging "presenter" of Ultrasuede: In Search Of Halston, is some kind of Bruno-like parody of a fashion victim. He's too gloriously, self- importantly inept to be real, surely?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
February 9, 2012
A self-indulgent pilgrimage to the shrine of '70s fabulousness, "Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston" assembles a fine assortment of archival material but falls far short of its stated goal.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
January 13, 2012
All the ingredients are here for another juicy fashion insider film, but this Halston portrait is diminished by a clueless fame whore determined to wedge himself into the story.
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David Fear
Time Out
January 17, 2012
Abandon hope, all ye who expect insight into what made this game-changing gent tick...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 19, 2012
This isn't simply the biography of an American icon, but the chronicle of a misguided filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
February 23, 2012
In sartorial terms, the fabric is to die for, but helmer Whitney Sudler-Smith's docu follows a banal pattern, while the finishing lacks finesse.
Carmen Gray
Total Film
September 19, 2011
This documentary seeks out bestie Liza Minnelli and others to unearth the man behind the lifestyle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cammila Albertson
TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 17, 2015
It becomes clear throughout the movie that you don't have to be a fanboy or fashionista to appreciate the story of such a smart, flawed, fabulous man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 22, 2011
Peculiar, picaresque and presided over by a self-appointed fashion paradigm.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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