Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston Reviews

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?
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 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
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 18, 2012
This film has a grander trajectory than just about any other fashion doc.
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.
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.
September 22, 2011
The man himself remains something of a cipher. But this is an interesting slice of pop history, nonetheless.
September 22, 2011
Peculiar, picaresque and presided over by a self-appointed fashion paradigm.