Vidal Sassoon: The Movie Reviews

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Top Critic
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
February 17, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brent Simon
Screen International
February 17, 2011
A quite fawning but nonetheless solidly engaging look at the iconic stylist which benefits chiefly from its subject's extremely personable nature.
Vadim Rizov
Boxoffice Magazine
February 15, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 11, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 11, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
February 11, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Neil Rosen
NY1-TV
February 10, 2011
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.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
February 9, 2011
Wonderful documentary about low-born London hair stylist turned global mogul and media star Vidal Sassoon tracks style across decades.
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
February 8, 2011
Craig Teper's obsequious documentary on the stylist who popularized geometric haircuts in the '60s is in desperate need of shaping and trimming itself.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
February 7, 2011
Craig Teper's documentary profile of the legendary hairdresser veers dangerously close to hagiography.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
February 4, 2011
OK, so he brought geometry to hair-styling. It's not like he's Pythagoras.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
July 6, 2010
For a film about a master of minimalism, Vidal Sassoon the Movie trades in excess.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
July 6, 2010
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.
Anthony Quinn
Independent
May 20, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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