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Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 18, 2012
A lively movie, and in the case of its appearance-obsessed subject, it feels right that all it does is skim the surface.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 18, 2012
[Vreeland's] influence on twentieth-century culture was large, and it's celebrated here with affection, dedication and skill--but very little critical detachment.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
October 18, 2012
Though unwilling to dig too deeply into what seems an imperfect private life, it still serves as a splendid introduction to a unique personality.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kam Williams
myfilmblog
October 13, 2012
A poignant portrait of an inveterate iconoclast who couldn't help but push the envelope.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mary Houlihan
Chicago Sun-Times
October 5, 2012
A highly entertaining and colorful portrait of a unique woman.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 5, 2012
The visual emphasis in The Eye Has to Travel is on the pages of the magazines Vreeland dominated, and as such it's a sleek eyeful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
October 5, 2012
[A] warm portrait of the world's first true fashion maven.
Gabrielle Lipton
Paste Magazine
October 5, 2012
It can be hard to keep up at points -- not with the plot, but with the amount of inspiration that Diana can still strew over an audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.1/10
Jennifer Merin
About.com
October 5, 2012
As a biographical documentary, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel is complete and satisfying. As a leading character, Mrs. Vreeland is entirely entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leslie Katz
San Francisco Examiner
October 5, 2012
Vreeland's attention to detail, her love of new and exciting images, her devotion to and ability to identify, that ethereal thing called style, come across loudly and clearly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
October 5, 2012
Vivid, delicious trip through the heyday of fashion mags is a must for followers of clothes, print design, and high society.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 28, 2012
Vreeland comes across in the movie as something of a cross between Auntie Mame and Godzilla. She was a true original in a world where knock-offs abounded.
Full Review | Original Score: B
James Verniere
Boston Herald
September 28, 2012
With her lacquered black hair and Kabuki-like face, one-time 'ugly duckling' Vreeland was her own work of art and, as the film reminds us, she was one of the most important and amusing self-made works of art of her century.
Full Review | Original Score: A minus
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
September 28, 2012
The film, written and directed by Vreeland's granddaughter-in-law, mainly rests on the strength of its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 27, 2012
Makes a compelling case for the late Diana Vreeland as the 20th century's pre-eminent tastemaker, not to mention one of its most extravagant personalities.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 27, 2012
The movie has a lot going for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
September 27, 2012
[The film] squeezes an impressive amount of information into a relatively brief running time, yet it's blandly straightforward in its use of talking heads and archival footage.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 26, 2012
All the right photos and news clips are assembled, showing off the lady's keenly curated sense of dramatic self-presentation.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
September 26, 2012
[An] entertaining bit of hagiography ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
September 24, 2012
An entertaining and visually apt, if less than deeply probing, portrait of an imperishable fashion icon.
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