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April 17, 2015
It becomes clear throughout the movie that you don't have to be a fanboy or fashionista to appreciate the story of such a smart, flawed, fabulous man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 18, 2012
This film has a grander trajectory than just about any other fashion doc.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Philip French
Observer (UK)
September 25, 2011
A glossy, messy, highly watchable biography of the handsome, charismatic American milliner, innovative fashion designer, New York celebrity and brand creator Roy Halston Frowick...
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
September 23, 2011
Sudler-Smith interviews Minnelli and other celebrities in a somewhat amateurish fashion. But it's the era that's intriguing rather than the man.
| Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Pulver
September 22, 2011
The man himself remains something of a cipher. But this is an interesting slice of pop history, nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 22, 2011
Peculiar, picaresque and presided over by a self-appointed fashion paradigm.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 22, 2011
While the elusive subject of this documentary is fascinating, filmmaker Sudler-Smith us almost as interested in his own celebrity as in that of iconic fashion designer Halston.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Carmen Gray
Total Film
September 19, 2011
This documentary seeks out bestie Liza Minnelli and others to unearth the man behind the lifestyle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
February 14, 2011
It as least as much about the journey as about the man at the heart of it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
April 17, 2015
[It's directed by] an unknown amateur named Whitney Sudler-Smith who looks a bit like Julian Assange and seems almost surprised to be making a film at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
April 17, 2015
The film is poorly structured, and most of Sudler-Smith's conclusions are trite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
April 17, 2015
I want to believe that Whitney Sudler-Smith, the director and camera-hogging "presenter" of Ultrasuede: In Search Of Halston, is some kind of Bruno-like parody of a fashion victim. He's too gloriously, self- importantly inept to be real, surely?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike Scott
March 9, 2012
Halston's name is in the title, but the faintly irritating Ultrasuede isn't necessarily about the fashion designer. It's about director Whitney Sudler-Smith
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Leslie Felperin
February 23, 2012
In sartorial terms, the fabric is to die for, but helmer Whitney Sudler-Smith's docu follows a banal pattern, while the finishing lacks finesse.
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
February 9, 2012
A self-indulgent pilgrimage to the shrine of '70s fabulousness, "Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston" assembles a fine assortment of archival material but falls far short of its stated goal.
Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist
January 24, 2012
Sudler-Smith spends so much time documenting Sudler-Smith trying to ineptly document this story that one immediately begins to wonder if it's all some sort of strange joke.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine
January 21, 2012
The tension between the amateurish interviewer and the star interviewees gives the doc a layer of authenticity that its otherwise formulaic structure and storytelling fail to find.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
January 20, 2012
It's unfortunate that director Whitney Sudler-Smith seems to have spent more time on his own hair than his interview prep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
January 19, 2012
Lost in all this is Halston, who comes through only in dribs and drabs. If you're curious about him, skip this film.
Chris Barsanti
January 19, 2012
A dishwater-dull film about an electric subject
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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