Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston Reviews

November 26, 2019
Sadly, what could have proved to be an enlightening and substantive documentary... is instead a poor man's regurgitation of newsreels and magazine glossies fueling a filmmaker's ego.
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.
April 17, 2015
The film is poorly structured, and most of Sudler-Smith's conclusions are trite.
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 19, 2012
A dishwater-dull film about an electric subject
January 19, 2012
This isn't simply the biography of an American icon, but the chronicle of a misguided filmmaker.
Top Critic
January 19, 2012
At least Smith has proof that he spent ample time with the beautiful people.
January 17, 2012
A ghastly vanity affair for one Whitney Smith, the son of a socialite who, despite minimal credits to his name, feels entitled to make Halston's story his own.
January 17, 2012
Abandon hope, all ye who expect insight into what made this game-changing gent tick...
January 13, 2012
All the ingredients are here for another juicy fashion insider film, but this Halston portrait is diminished by a clueless fame whore determined to wedge himself into the story.
January 13, 2012
Less a portrait of its ostensible subject than that of his times, and the film suffers from yet another examination of the disco era.