The First Monday in May Reviews

December 28, 2018
The First Monday in May is gorgeous, sumptuous. It's also undercooked.
July 31, 2017
Fashion is all about brushing over things; about wondering at the beautiful exterior while refusing to confront the myriad complexities -- and at times ugliness -- that lies beneath
December 27, 2016
Maddeningly unfocused.
September 29, 2016
Maybe this needed someone like Tom Wolfe to anatomise the proceedings fully.
September 27, 2016
Aesthetics go out the window with the opening night's self-absorbed celebrity fundraiser.
May 15, 2016
...is watchable enough...
April 28, 2016
Art and celebrity collide, with celebrity winning.
April 22, 2016
"First Monday could be more accurately titled "A lot of miscellaneous stuff related in some way to the Costume Institute's annual gala, its 2015 China exhibition, and the people involved with each."
April 21, 2016
The film's focus is too easily distracted by celebrity and turns less documentary and more fawning love letter to an industry already in love with itself.
April 15, 2016
Fawning above all else, the Tribeca 2016 opener is handsomely crafted, but there's a total lack of focus, let alone a visual identity.
April 14, 2016
The movie is sloppy: A section concerning Asian stereotypes discusses the vintage film star Anna May Wong, but indiscriminately includes images of Ona Munson in "The Shanghai Gesture." "First Monday" also coddles its interview subjects.
April 13, 2016
Andrew Rossi pays sporadic lip service to recognizing cultural specificity before returning to his star-gazing ways.
April 13, 2016
Rossi provides an attractive overview of the exhibition for those who did not attend it, but we are left feeling something like Wong, seeing a lot of pretty things surrounded by vapidity.