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Valentino: The Last Emperor Reviews

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Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: B

February 28, 2013
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

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 Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

February 26, 2012
Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 18, 2011
Karina Longworth
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 17, 2011
Brian Orndorf

It does pull back the curtain on a traditionally withdrawn public figure.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 Source: | Original Score: B-

July 24, 2010
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

The documentary film crew gets remarkable behind-the-scenes access to Valentino's fashion empire.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

January 4, 2010
Simon Weaving

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

November 18, 2009
Louis Proyect

An antidote to weepy tales such as "Philadelphia" and "Brokeback Mountain". Yes, Virginia, gay people can enjoy long-term relationships.

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November 16, 2009
Don Willmott

What a nice surprise to settle in for a fashion documentary and find a touching love story hidden within its glamorous folds.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 27, 2009
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

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.

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

September 17, 2009
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)

Stays firmly, admiringly, on the surface of things -- which is where all fashion kings should reign.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 3/5

September 17, 2009
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

Matt Tyrnauer's documentary about the venerable Italian fashion designer, Valentino, has been billed as a love story, and so it is.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 16, 2009
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)

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 Source: Courier Mail (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

September 16, 2009
Liz Graham
FILMINK (Australia)

Mostly compelling documentary, though there are aspects to the fashion legend's story that are unfortunately neglected.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

September 15, 2009
Sara Klein
Empire Magazine Australasia

We're as fascinated by his eccentricity as we are impressed at his high standards and taste.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia | Original Score: 4/5

September 14, 2009
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

September 10, 2009
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

September 10, 2009
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

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 Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

September 9, 2009
Mike Scott

More reality show than fashion show, it's slight but still as fun as it is fashionable.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 3/4

August 21, 2009
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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This up-close portrait delivers all the runway glamor and backstage gossip that fashionistas crave, yet it's also unexpectedly poignant.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

July 30, 2009
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