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Vidal Sassoon: The Movie (2011)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 4

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This first-time, deeply intimate look into the life of Vidal Sassoon, from his early days in an orphanage, to his time as a soldier, his beginnings on Bond Street, and ultimately, the revolution he caused, which continues to this day. Vidal Sassoon The Movie was filmed over the course of 3 years and features unprecedented access to Vidal, candid interviews with former staff, family members, reporters and historians. Together they explore the life and legacy of the most influential hairdresser in

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Documentary, Special Interest

Sep 6, 2011

$85.2k

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Yes, it's a feature doc about a hairdresser. And you can wipe that supercilious smirk off your face right now.

May 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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"Vidal Sassoon: The Movie" might as well be titled "Vidal Sassoon: The Infomercial" for all of the distance it maintains from its subject.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The film tells such a compelling, expansive story that its unwillingness to plumb its subject's psychological depths feels forgivable, though regrettable.

March 17, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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Classic tale of a self-made man.

March 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com
Richard Roeper.com
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Less of a documentary than a testimonial, Craig Teper's Vidal Sassoon: The Movie offers up a carefully coiffed look into the life of the legendary hairdresser.

February 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Beyond the love fest of talking heads is a compelling life story that courses through the Depression, World War II and swinging London, all evoked in well-curated archival footage.

February 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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This tiresome non-fiction film is over packed with employees, former employees and old-time business partners who insist that Sassoon is the most amazing person on the planet.

September 17, 2011 Full Review Source: EDGE Boston
EDGE Boston

I could have done with something a little more critical than this polished, adulatory film, which comes over like a curtain raiser to be shown at a gathering of his 10,000 employees worldwide.

May 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Lively and enjoyable, even if it seems unwilling to explore any dark corners.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

The story of "the greatest hairdresser who ever lived" isn't given enough historical context: one of his Sixties contemporaries, designer Mary Quant, is on hand to reminisce, but the rest of the decade is merely a blur in the background.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

If Vidal The Movie were a haircut, it would be a peek-a-boo fringe. Now you see him, now you don't.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Sassoon deserves this tribute and there are some interesting social insights.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

The film feels superficial even for something set in the fashion world, and after chronicling Sassoon's unlikely ascent, it all starts to feel air-kissy and fluffy. There is a great story here, though, and Sassoon is undeniably inspirational.

May 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Though you'd never have anticipated it, Vidal Sassoon emerges as an genuinely likable figure of some substance in this admittedly hagiographic documentary.

May 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Would have been more effective as an hour-long TV doc.

May 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Stylishly directed and edited, this is an undeniably entertaining and occasionally fascinating documentary about a genuinely intriguing subject.

May 19, 2011 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Sometimes it's the little things that make the largest cultural impact, and Vidal Sassoon shows just how pivotal the work of one ambitious hairdresser can be.

May 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The breathless account of Sassoon's '80s stint as hair-product mogul would have benefited from some September Issue-style detachment, and ironically, the whole film could do with a good trim.

May 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Hardly hard-hitting but a thoughtful and spirited look at a man at the top of his game and a moment in time that refused to fade.

May 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Takes an enlightening look at the life of a Jewish lad from Hammersmith who became a fashion world superstar by cutting women's hair in a style that became known as "the Justin Bieber".

May 14, 2011 Full Review Source: News of the World
News of the World

Like his famous line of hair products, the film is one more arm of marketing self-promotion.

March 9, 2011 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
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Audience Reviews for Vidal Sassoon: The Movie

KInd of interesting, especially to show how boring hair is nowadays, but I didn't much care fo rthe subject and his strange, elocution-trained voice. The 80's Vidal & Beverley Sassoon TV series, with white teeth & orange tan was a low point.
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