Valentino: The Last Emperor Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
February 28, 2013
| Original Score: B
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
February 26, 2012
If you like "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," you'll like this film about fashion icon Valentino. But it's an absorbing, fly-on-the-wall documentary regardless.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Karina Longworth
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Orndorf
DVDTalk.com
July 24, 2010
It does pull back the curtain on a traditionally withdrawn public figure. For that alone, the documentary is a fascinating glimpse into a mind that's always on the go.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 4, 2010
The documentary film crew gets remarkable behind-the-scenes access to Valentino's fashion empire.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
November 18, 2009
You don't have to be a fashionista to get something out of this unique documentary about the famous designer, his way of working, and his long term relationship with business partner Giancarlo Giammetti.
| Original Score: 3/5
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
November 16, 2009
An antidote to weepy tales such as "Philadelphia" and "Brokeback Mountain". Yes, Virginia, gay people can enjoy long-term relationships.
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
September 27, 2009
What a nice surprise to settle in for a fashion documentary and find a touching love story hidden within its glamorous folds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
September 17, 2009
The film successfully paints a picture of how this relationship worked so well as a business; it's less capable of penetrating the emotional story.
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
September 17, 2009
Stays firmly, admiringly, on the surface of things -- which is where all fashion kings should reign.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
September 16, 2009
Matt Tyrnauer's documentary about the venerable Italian fashion designer, Valentino, has been billed as a love story, and so it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)
September 16, 2009
The unique behind-the-scenes profile Tyrnauer has achieved makes this more than just another excuse to look at beautiful models in pretty frocks, and a film not only for fashionistas.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Liz Graham
FILMINK (Australia)
September 15, 2009
Mostly compelling documentary, though there are aspects to the fashion legend's story that are unfortunately neglected.
Sara Klein
Empire Magazine Australasia
September 14, 2009
We're as fascinated by his eccentricity as we are impressed at his high standards and taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 10, 2009
This remarkably intimate portrait, made with less formality than you might expect, gives a real insight into Valentino as a living, working phenomenon at the end of his career
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
September 10, 2009
A wonderful documentary that allows us to peek at the excess but stays real by its candid fly on the wall approach. It's riveting, insightful, funny and enjoyable as we go on and behind the catwalks and glimpse the public and private Valentino Garavani
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
September 9, 2009
It's like the death of true creative fashion happening before our eyes. The insight into a fashion house like Valentino is illuminating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
August 21, 2009
More reality show than fashion show, it's slight but still as fun as it is fashionable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 30, 2009
This up-close portrait delivers all the runway glamor and backstage gossip that fashionistas crave, yet it's also unexpectedly poignant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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