Saint Laurent


Saint Laurent

Critics Consensus

A well-intentioned but frustratingly diffuse biopic, Saint Laurent proves an ironically poor fit for a look at the life of a fashion icon.



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1967-1976 As one of history's greatest fashion designers entered a decade of freedom, neither came out of it in one piece.(C) Sony Classics

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Gaspard Ulliel
as Yves Saint Laurent
Jérémie Renier
as Pierre Bergé
Louis Garrel
as Jacques de Bascher
Léa Seydoux
as Loulou de la Falaise
Amira Casar
as Anne Marie Munoz
Helmut Berger
as Yves Saint Laurent 1989
Aymeline Valade
as Betty Catroux
Micha Lescot
as Monsieur Jean-Pierre
Vittoria Scognamiglio
as Workshop Director
Brady Corbet
as Businessman Squibb
Bertrand Bonello
as Liberation Journalist
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Critic Reviews for Saint Laurent

All Critics (85) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (34)

  • It captures the tense flavor of a particularly heady time in Saint Laurent's life, during which he struggled with addiction and illness and juggled relationships ...

    Jun 11, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Saint Laurent was a truly mythic figure. It's a shame that Bonello's film doesn't do him justice.

    Jun 11, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Repetitive, repulsive, empty while stuffed with cheap ennui and wholly lacking in either insight or inspiration, "Saint Laurent" is absolutely everything you don't want to see in a biographical film.

    Jun 11, 2015 | Rating: D | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • Saint Laurent comes across as a prisoner of his own genius, at once compelling and pathetic.

    May 28, 2015 | Full Review…
  • A flamboyant but hollow exercise in glitz and pizzazz, Saint Laurent is a riot of colors, hedonism and nonsense.

    May 28, 2015 | Rating: 2/4
  • Bonello makes good use of mirrors and reflective surfaces throughout the film, all very fitting for a story about a boy as beautiful and as self-absorbed as Narcissus himself.

    May 22, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Liz Braun

    Toronto Sun
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Saint Laurent

  • Dec 12, 2015
    It's an admirably unconventional biopic filled with wonderful sequences of bold stylistic choices but it's also about 30 minutes too long.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 09, 2015
    Half of one star for the memory of Laurent's greatest designs, which can only fade after this. Minus 4.5 for the film, rendering the final score -3.5, for a thinly veiled excuse for putting gay porn into mainstream cinemas. If you are thinking of taking your daughter along for the glamour and haute couture, think again. That part is depicted only prosaically, and does not qualify as biopic because it only skims his best achievements. The film concentrates on a voyeuristic account of Laurent's personal life, and even that is done badly. There is copious drug abuse, male homosexual pornography verging on hard core and pretty sordid, without any meaningful connection of these to Laurent's work, and relentless product commercialism to put the holiday shop sales to shame. There is so much cigarette smoking that you are in danger of asphyxiation just by watching. The film is patronising to women, contrary to even the tokenistic mention of women at the end. There is an unforgivable and all too real looking scene of animal suffering. Worst of all, Laurent is depicted as a vapid type, when his work was full of edge and bite and assurance. You see very little of the creative soul of the man. If this film was a dress, it would be on special in a low grade novelty store, in a dingy market somewhere not nearly as nice as you want to think that Paris is.
    . . Super Reviewer

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