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Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel Reviews

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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.
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
September 20, 2012
Sifts through a wealth of potentially illuminating material (interview transcripts, behind-the-lens fashion shoot gossip) without uncovering any hunks of enlightenment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
September 18, 2012
The Eye Has to Travel unfortunately sinks under the weight of too many talking heads, as well as a tendency toward hagiographic evasiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 21, 2013
Although some of the dates and causal events in her life are passed over, the rhythm and style carry the narrative forward until the last 20 minutes, when the film mostly meanders to the finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Suzanne S. Brown
Denver Post
October 26, 2012
Many people remember some of Diana Vreeland's famous pronouncements ("I adore pink! It is the navy blue of India!") but few remember actually hearing her speak. The documentary Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel takes care of that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Verner
Globe and Mail
October 19, 2012
For fashionphiles and pop culture vultures, there's much to devour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Adam Lowes
September 23, 2012
In an age where documentaries are becoming the place to go for those interested in investing their time & money in the company of thoughtful and watchable subjects, The Eye Has to Travel is yet another welcome addition to that list.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jennifer Tate
September 19, 2012
This eye-opening and visually enchanting documentary pays a worthy tribute to Diana Vreeland, the legendary spirit who had a profound and long-lasting influence on the face of fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
September 21, 2012
Shows what the world saw in Vreeland: a fairy godmother determined to dress up a world of Cinderellas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Carmen Gray
Total Film
September 10, 2012
A fashion world Who's Who offer accolades, while Vreeland's vulnerabilities are revealed in interviews telling how, ridiculed by her socialite mother as ugly, she invented herself on her own terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Carmen Gray
Little White Lies
September 20, 2012
With whimsy and wit to match the woman herself, this documentary transcends stereotype to celebrate a complex, vibrant and influential figure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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
Rebecca Barry Hill
November 15, 2012
What makes this such a joy to watch is not just the timeline of fashion highlights, but Vreeland's unique perspective on life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
November 19, 2012
...more of an energetic and affectionate sketch than a revealing portrait of this oversized personality, but one has to wonder if the woman who celebrated glittering surfaces would have wanted it any other way.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Gail Tolley
The List
September 13, 2012
Featuring a large number of contributors including her children, former colleagues and well known faces like photographer David Bailey, Vreeland's story is brought to life through a rich collection of archive images and footage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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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.
Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine
September 21, 2012
The film captures Vreeland's perhaps unwitting philosophical integrity just as much as it drowns us in the exuberance of her work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
September 26, 2012
[An] entertaining bit of hagiography ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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