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Valentino: The Last Emperor Reviews

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Rick Mele
August 5, 2009
By glossing over much of the Italian designer's past, Tyrnauer assumes a certain level of familiarity with his subject from his intended audience. If you can't tell Valentino from Versace, you ain't it. That said, The Last Emperor isn't totally ina
Full Review | Original Score: 65/100
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
July 30, 2009
So enamored of its subject, legendary Italian fashion designer Valentino Garavani, that it almost loses sight of explaining why he's so great in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 30, 2009
This up-close portrait delivers all the runway glamor and backstage gossip that fashionistas crave, yet it's also unexpectedly poignant.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Natasha Senjanovic
Hollywood Reporter
July 10, 2009
The director only skims over the historical material. In taking for granted that this background is familiar to all, the film drives home the fact that high fashion is made by the few for the few.
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
July 10, 2009
There's only one monarch mentioned in the title of Valentino: The Last Emperor. But Matt Tyrnauer's breezy and entertaining look inside the world of high fashion is very much a two-man show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 10, 2009
Superficial but giddily entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
June 26, 2009
Frequently this doc plays like a real-life Fellini movie, filled with beautiful people and bizarre incidents. And ultimately it's an unexpectedly touching love story.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 12, 2009
If I really wanted to indulge in stargazing, I'd just as soon hook up a telescope in the backyard and aim it at the night sky.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kara Nesvig
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 12, 2009
As Valentino's team of seamstresses pore over a sequined white dress, entirely hand-sewn, and finally premiere it to the designer in its flawless, couture glory, it's all you can do not to gasp with pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 12, 2009
If Valentino doesn't reveal much about the man, it argues convincingly that the elaborate gowns, like the vintage one Julia Roberts wore to accept her Oscar, will outlive him, anyway.
| Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
June 12, 2009
The rich may be very different than you and me, but you have no idea how different until you see "Valentino."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 11, 2009
[Director] Tyrnauer and the movie seem blinded by Valentino's stardom and start to lose their way. As a result, the documentary is unfocused.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Clay Cane
June 10, 2009
In a time where fashion is reduced to tawdry reality shows, Valentino: The Last Emperor reinjects the sophistication and elegance in what some say is a lost art form.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Eric D. Snider
June 9, 2009
It has little to say about humanity in general, or even Valentino specifically, but it is fun and glitzy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 5, 2009
Garavani's remembrances, and those of lifelong friend and manager Giancarlo Giammetti, evoke the smoky opulence of mid-20th-century class.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 20, 2009
What we're left with is a touching love story, an outsized spectacle and a glorious bit of color in an often all too drab world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 14, 2009
Lovely to look at, perhaps, but in the end there's not much to it behind the surface glamour.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Shawn Levy
May 8, 2009
You wouldn't necessarily want to be Valentino, but this sprightly film may make you nostalgic for a life you've never lived.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
May 8, 2009
Above all, Valentino is a celebration of beauty and love, and the ways in which one begets the other.
| Original Score: A-
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 7, 2009
[A] frothily entertaining documentary.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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