• Released
  • January 20, 2012
  • (Limited 1/20)
  • NR , 1 hr 29 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Documentary
91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The film's darkly bedazzled view of the '70s is spurred by great dish from André Leon Talley, Liza Minnelli, and Nile Rodgers, who set the stage for Halston's triumphs - and his jaw-dropping fall.
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50

Slant Magazine

By Diego Costa
The tension between the amateurish interviewer and the star interviewees gives the documentary a layer of authenticity that its otherwise formulaic structure and storytelling fail to find.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

Despite dynamic subject matter, prime archive material and insightful interviewees, Whitney Sudler-Smith's intrusive presence onscreen somewhat trivializes his documentary tribute to Halston and the decadent disco years.
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50

New York Post

It's unfortunate that director Whitney Sudler-Smith seems to have spent more time on his own hair than his interview prep.
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50

Variety

By Leslie Felperin
In sartorial terms, the fabric is to die for, but helmer Whitney Sudler-Smith's documentary follows a banal pattern, while the finishing lacks finesse.
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Fashionistas who flock to Whitney Sudler-Smith's documentary should pay heed to the entire title: this isn't simply the biography of an American icon, but the chronicle of a misguided filmmaker.
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40

Los Angeles Times

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.
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20

The New York Times

By Rachel Saltz
Lost in all this is Halston, who comes through only in dribs and drabs. If you're curious about him, skip this film. Read about him - you'll learn far more on his Wikipedia page - and look at his clothes. And if you're a filmmaker, go out and make a decent movie about him: he deserves it.
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20

Time Out New York

By David Fear
Such pitiable incompetence isn't charming, it's embarrassing - and simply inexcusable.
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0

Village Voice

There's a good film to be made about Halston, the dashing man who went from Iowa-born milliner to revered fashion designer to self-popularizing entrepreneur to AIDS-era casualty, but dear Lord, Ultrasuede is not it.
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34 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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