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Vidal Sassoon: The Movie Reviews

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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
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
Oregonian
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
Guardian
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
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
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.
Read More | 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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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
Richard Roeper.com
March 16, 2011
Classic tale of a self-made man.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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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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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
February 17, 2011
Beyond the love fest of talking heads is a compelling life story that courses through the Depression, World War II and swinging London, all evoked in well-curated archival footage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brent Simon
Screen International
February 17, 2011
A quite fawning but nonetheless solidly engaging look at the iconic stylist which benefits chiefly from its subject's extremely personable nature.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 11, 2011
Vidal Sassoon: The Movie isn't just the story of a brilliant fashion idea that swept the globe. It is a euphoric account of one man's strenuous self-invention.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
February 11, 2011
Combines the first history of the evanescent art of hairstyling (as both fashion and a business) with the flattering biography of the 20th century's leading practitioner.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
February 9, 2011
Wonderful documentary about low-born London hair stylist turned global mogul and media star Vidal Sassoon tracks style across decades.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
July 6, 2010
Almost comically overconvinced of the importance of its subject, Vidal Sassoon: The Movie is nonetheless entertaining and comprehensive in its account of the man's career.
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