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Vidal Sassoon: The Movie Reviews

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Phil Hall
EDGE Boston
September 17, 2011
This tiresome non-fiction film is over packed with employees, former employees and old-time business partners who insist that Sassoon is the most amazing person on the planet.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Philip French
May 23, 2011
I could have done with something a little more critical than this polished, adulatory film, which comes over like a curtain raiser to be shown at a gathering of his 10,000 employees worldwide.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 20, 2011
Lively and enjoyable, even if it seems unwilling to explore any dark corners.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph (UK)
May 20, 2011
The story of "the greatest hairdresser who ever lived" isn't given enough historical context: one of his Sixties contemporaries, designer Mary Quant, is on hand to reminisce, but the rest of the decade is merely a blur in the background.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
May 20, 2011
If Vidal The Movie were a haircut, it would be a peek-a-boo fringe. Now you see him, now you don't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
May 20, 2011
Sassoon deserves this tribute and there are some interesting social insights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Shawn Levy
May 19, 2011
The film feels superficial even for something set in the fashion world, and after chronicling Sassoon's unlikely ascent, it all starts to feel air-kissy and fluffy. There is a great story here, though, and Sassoon is undeniably inspirational.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Andrew Pulver
May 19, 2011
Though you'd never have anticipated it, Vidal Sassoon emerges as an genuinely likable figure of some substance in this admittedly hagiographic documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Goodyer
Little White Lies
May 19, 2011
Would have been more effective as an hour-long TV doc.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
May 19, 2011
Stylishly directed and edited, this is an undeniably entertaining and occasionally fascinating documentary about a genuinely intriguing subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Karen Krizanovich
Radio Times
May 19, 2011
Sometimes it's the little things that make the largest cultural impact, and Vidal Sassoon shows just how pivotal the work of one ambitious hairdresser can be.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
May 18, 2011
Yes, it's a feature doc about a hairdresser. And you can wipe that supercilious smirk off your face right now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kate Stables
Total Film
May 16, 2011
The breathless account of Sassoon's '80s stint as hair-product mogul would have benefited from some September Issue-style detachment, and ironically, the whole film could do with a good trim.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eve Barlow
Empire Magazine
May 16, 2011
Hardly hard-hitting but a thoughtful and spirited look at a man at the top of his game and a moment in time that refused to fade.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
May 14, 2011
Takes an enlightening look at the life of a Jewish lad from Hammersmith who became a fashion world superstar by cutting women's hair in a style that became known as "the Justin Bieber".
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 18, 2011
"Vidal Sassoon: The Movie" might as well be titled "Vidal Sassoon: The Infomercial" for all of the distance it maintains from its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
March 17, 2011
The film tells such a compelling, expansive story that its unwillingness to plumb its subject's psychological depths feels forgivable, though regrettable.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Richard Roeper
March 16, 2011
Classic tale of a self-made man.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Cole Smithey
March 9, 2011
Like his famous line of hair products, the film is one more arm of marketing self-promotion.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 19, 2011
Less of a documentary than a testimonial, Craig Teper's Vidal Sassoon: The Movie offers up a carefully coiffed look into the life of the legendary hairdresser.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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