Valentino: The Last Emperor Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
July 30, 2009
So enamored of its subject, legendary Italian fashion designer Valentino Garavani, that it almost loses sight of explaining why he's so great in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Giles Hardie
Unknown2
September 16, 2009
From naked models draped in fabric, to private jet passengers draped in dogs, Valentino is a warts and all, fly on the wall insight into the life of one of the great fashion designers. Unfortunately in this flick there are more warts than all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rick Mele
AskMen.com
August 5, 2009
By glossing over much of the Italian designer's past, Tyrnauer assumes a certain level of familiarity with his subject from his intended audience. If you can't tell Valentino from Versace, you ain't it. That said, The Last Emperor isn't totally ina
Full Review | Original Score: 65/100
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Natasha Senjanovic
Hollywood Reporter
July 10, 2009
The director only skims over the historical material. In taking for granted that this background is familiar to all, the film drives home the fact that high fashion is made by the few for the few.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
March 19, 2009
Those previously unfamiliar with the work of Valentino will find it to be sporadically interesting. Everyone else, especially fashion aficionados, will find it to be superficial, unprovocative and bland.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/10
Henry Stewart
Slant Magazine
March 16, 2009
Now is not the time to venerate kings.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
March 26, 2009
As exciting as clothing bought off the rack at K-Mart and less informative than even the weakest episode of "Project Runway."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
March 17, 2009
Awash with celebrity, the documentary is a rubbernecker's delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 16, 2009
Frothy doc on the iconic fashion designer Valentino.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 18, 2009
Watching Valentino: The Last Emperor is a little like gorging on chocolate and Champagne.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 2, 2011
It's ultimately difficult to envision all but the most ardent of fashion fans finding much to embrace in Valentino: The Last Emperor...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
February 1, 2011
It's interesting to a degree, but without a strong knowledge of the fashion industry, a novice will be left out in the cold.
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
March 17, 2009
Tyrnauer's [film] extols Valentino's extreme lavishness as a kind of honorable, defiant stance (sneaking away to Gstaad as investment bankers take over his company), but demurs from searching for its subject's gravitas.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 12, 2009
If I really wanted to indulge in stargazing, I'd just as soon hook up a telescope in the backyard and aim it at the night sky.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 14, 2009
Lovely to look at, perhaps, but in the end there's not much to it behind the surface glamour.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 11, 2009
[Director] Tyrnauer and the movie seem blinded by Valentino's stardom and start to lose their way. As a result, the documentary is unfocused.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 10, 2009
Superficial but giddily entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 18, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 26, 2009
Valentino: The Last Emperor is a documentary with privileged access to the legendary designer in his studio, workshop, backstage, his homes, even aboard his yacht and private jet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 26, 2009
The filmmaker's access was impressive, the results moderately entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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