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Valentino: The Last Emperor Reviews

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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
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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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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.
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
July 10, 2009
There's only one monarch mentioned in the title of Valentino: The Last Emperor. But Matt Tyrnauer's breezy and entertaining look inside the world of high fashion is very much a two-man show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Kara Nesvig
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 12, 2009
As Valentino's team of seamstresses pore over a sequined white dress, entirely hand-sewn, and finally premiere it to the designer in its flawless, couture glory, it's all you can do not to gasp with pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
May 8, 2009
Above all, Valentino is a celebration of beauty and love, and the ways in which one begets the other.
| Original Score: A-
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 7, 2009
[A] frothily entertaining documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 16, 2009
True to the Valentino prerogative, it's beautiful -- sad, too: a dream life moving into the unknown.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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April 16, 2009
This documentary, chronicling two years leading up to his spectacular 45th anniversary gala in 2007 by the Colosseum in Rome, is as much about the brand and harsh realities of the fashion biz as the man himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
April 9, 2009
From Valentino Garavani's imperious carriage and diva fits to his coterie of tiny dogs, the subject of Tyrnauer's doc comes off like a fictional character, scripted by a writer with a weakness for cliché.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 6, 2009
This love letter to Valentino from director Matt Tyrnauer seems intended for the already smitten.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Sylvia Rubin
San Francisco Chronicle
April 3, 2009
A thoroughly entertaining look at the preparations for Valentino's last haute couture show and how, indeed, he represents the last of an era of highly trained couturiers who are being swallowed up by mergers and acquisitions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 2, 2009
It's a celebration worthy of the Sun King and a fitting way for both the designer and this unexpectedly involving documentary to literally and metaphorically bring it all back home.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 2, 2009
Seldom has a film explored such exotica as Valentino's world -- the gowns, the galas, the villas, the private jets, the redundant pugs...with such a sense of momentous drama behind the glitz.
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
March 27, 2009
Part celebrity dish, part business journalism...illuminating 2008 documentary.
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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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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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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 25, 2009
Matt Tyrnauer's sharp-eyed documentary Valentino: The Last Emperor follows the luxury-loving pooh-bah and his indispensable, since-forever lover and business partner, Giancarlo Giammetti, through a season of magical dresses and minor diva snits.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 19, 2009
Valentino: The Last Emperor makes no attempt at being a definitive portrait of Valentino. It is content to be a breezy look at the designer's twilight years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 19, 2009
Lively and affectionate, Matt Tyrnauer's documentary is made for those who believe, as he does, that the work of fashion designer Valentino is worthy of the most respectful chronicle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 18, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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.
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
March 6, 2009
Tyrnauer succeeds in making a documentary in which man and his creations are one and the same. Yes, Valentino lives in opulence, but his gowns exist in that stratosphere too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4