Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston
Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston (2012)

A fascinating portrait of the rise and fall of America's first celebrity designer-Halston- the man who was synonymous with fashion in the 1970s, and became the emperor of NYC nightlife. Interviews with friends and witnesses (including… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 20, 2012
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Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Its subject is fascinating, but Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston is a rambling and unfocused profile.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

The film is poorly structured, and most of Sudler-Smith's conclusions are trite.

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Sara Stewart
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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Anthony Quinn
Independent

[It's directed by] an unknown amateur named Whitney Sudler-Smith who looks a bit like Julian Assange and seems almost surprised to be making a film at all.

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Leslie Felperin
Variety

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

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Rachel Saltz
New York Times

Lost in all this is Halston, who comes through only in dribs and drabs. If you're curious about him, skip this film.

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Cammila Albertson
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It becomes clear throughout the movie that you don't have to be a fanboy or fashionista to appreciate the story of such a smart, flawed, fabulous man.

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Sheri Linden
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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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

This isn't simply the biography of an American icon, but the chronicle of a misguided filmmaker.

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Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

I want to believe that Whitney Sudler-Smith, the director and camera-hogging "presenter" of Ultrasuede: In Search Of Halston, is some kind of Bruno-like parody of a fashion victim. He's too gloriously, self- importantly inept to be real, surely?

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