Vidal Sassoon: The Movie Reviews

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Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph
May 20, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Goodyer
Little White Lies
May 19, 2011
Would have been more effective as an hour-long TV doc.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 18, 2011
"Vidal Sassoon: The Movie" might as well be titled "Vidal Sassoon: The Infomercial" for all of the distance it maintains from its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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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
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 9, 2011
Like his famous line of hair products, the film is one more arm of marketing self-promotion.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Anthony Quinn
Independent
May 20, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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.
Phil Hall
EDGE Boston
September 17, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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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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.
Philip French
Guardian
May 23, 2011
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.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
February 4, 2011
OK, so he brought geometry to hair-styling. It's not like he's Pythagoras.
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.
Eve Barlow
Empire Magazine
May 16, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
May 20, 2011
Sassoon deserves this tribute and there are some interesting social insights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Karen Krizanovich
Radio Times
May 19, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
March 16, 2011
Classic tale of a self-made man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
May 14, 2011
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".
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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