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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A quite fawning but nonetheless solidly engaging look at the iconic stylist which benefits chiefly from its subject's extremely personable nature.
Audience appeal will be limited to people who see nothing silly about saying the man who invented the five-point haircut was one of the primary architects of the '60s.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Vidal Sassoon: The Movie isn't just the story of a brilliant fashion idea that swept the globe. It is a euphoric account of one man's strenuous self-invention.
| Original Score: 3/5
A voice at the start of "Vidal Sassoon: The Movie" declares, "It's impossible to overestimate the importance of Vidal Sassoon." If so, this documentary makes the impossible look easy.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Combines the first history of the evanescent art of hairstyling (as both fashion and a business) with the flattering biography of the 20th century's leading practitioner.
| Original Score: 7/10
Sassoon, himself, is engaging in the film, but this documentary -- although interesting at times -- is too fawning of its subject, loses perspective and often wastes good opportunities.
Wonderful documentary about low-born London hair stylist turned global mogul and media star Vidal Sassoon tracks style across decades.
Craig Teper's obsequious documentary on the stylist who popularized geometric haircuts in the '60s is in desperate need of shaping and trimming itself.
Craig Teper's documentary profile of the legendary hairdresser veers dangerously close to hagiography.
OK, so he brought geometry to hair-styling. It's not like he's Pythagoras.
For a film about a master of minimalism, Vidal Sassoon the Movie trades in excess.
Almost comically overconvinced of the importance of its subject, Vidal Sassoon: The Movie is nonetheless entertaining and comprehensive in its account of the man's career.
| Original Score: 1/5