Yves Saint Laurent Reviews

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March 28, 2019
A formulaic "fallen genius" film that represents its influential subject and the fashion industry respectfully, but it would have been a better film had it just dug a little deeper.
August 22, 2018
Therein lies the problem with the biopic, whilst beautifully shot with exquisite shots of Parisian and Moroccan interiors, clothes and wonderful soundtrack it feels all very carefully managed.
January 2, 2018
Directed by Jalil Lespert, the film has a peculiar voiceover from Berg, and eventually peters out in a mess of petty jealousies, drugs and illness.
May 25, 2016
It seems like Bertrand Bonello asumes the spectator knows every detail of the complicated life Yves Saint Laurent lived. [Full review in Spanish]
August 29, 2014
This glitzy biopic of the renowned French fashion designer doesn't offer much insight into its subject or milieu.
August 28, 2014
The film takes on a dour note as way too much time is spent on Saint Laurent's drunken antics. He comes across as sullen and not very likable. This may be true to the man, but what of his other side?
August 28, 2014
The resulting bio-drama feels like any other generic formula self-destructive artist tale, one that captures the surface of Saint Laurent, but not his essence.
August 15, 2014
One of the issues is that Lespert provides little insight into Saint Laurent's creative genius.
August 15, 2014
The genius of the title remains as inscrutable as ever.
August 15, 2014
Does a film with haute couture as its heart guarantee an elegant cinematic experience? In the case of Yves Saint Laurent, a biopic about the legendary French couturier, the answer is a tired non.
August 15, 2014
Despite being sumptuously shot and competently assembled, it provides no real insight into the tortured mind of its subject or the creative process in general.
August 3, 2014
Yves Saint Laurent as portrayed in the film comes off as no deeper than a symbol, much like that familiar brand logo that dominates the key poster art.
July 29, 2014
This biopic of 'fashion's little prince' offers all the elegant precision of a fashion shoot - it's beautiful, and cold - but lacks a lot of necessary context.
July 17, 2014
When he wasn't silent, Yves Saint Laurent could be cruel and selfish. He may have been a genius, but if he was at all likable, this movie doesn't show it.
July 15, 2014
a shallow, cliched biopic treatment from...Jalil Lespert. Niney is incredibly well matched physically to Saint Laurent but it is Gallienne who creates the more memorable character here
July 10, 2014
Its tendency to tell rather than show seems ill-suited to a portrait of the man who brought haute couture to the masses.
July 10, 2014
There are numerous questions left unanswered at the end of Yves Saint Laurent, which seems afraid to tackle its subject head-on, mixing vague professional triumphs and tests of skill with human weaknesses.
June 26, 2014
The one thing that comes through this pedestrian, by-the-numbers French biopic of the iconic fashion designer is that the guy was a bit of a bore.
June 26, 2014
If Laurent's designs were like Lespert's film, the audience would never be watching a movie about his life today.
June 26, 2014
Fashionistas will feel particularly aggrieved by the unattractive outcome achieved here.
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