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This first-time, deeply intimate look into the life of Vidal Sassoon, from his early days in an orphanage, to his time as a soldier, his beginnings on Bond Street, and ultimately, the revolution he caused, which continues to this day. Vidal Sassoon The Movie was filmed over the course of 3 years and features unprecedented access to Vidal, candid interviews with former staff, family members, reporters and historians. Together they explore the life and legacy of the most influential hairdresser in the world, whose influence far outreaches the industry he changed forever. Millions revere the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Yes, it's a feature doc about a hairdresser. And you can wipe that supercilious smirk off your face right now."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Classic tale of a self-made man."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"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."
‑ Phil Hall, EDGE Boston
"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."
‑ Marc Lee, Daily Telegraph
"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."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
""Vidal Sassoon: The Movie" might as well be titled "Vidal Sassoon: The Infomercial" for all of the distance it maintains from its subject."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"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."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"If Vidal The Movie were a haircut, it would be a peek-a-boo fringe. Now you see him, now you don't."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"Though you'd never have anticipated it, Vidal Sassoon emerges as an genuinely likable figure of some substance in this admittedly hagiographic documentary."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian
"The film tells such a compelling, expansive story that its unwillingness to plumb its subject's psychological depths feels forgivable, though regrettable."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"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."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"Lively and enjoyable, even if it seems unwilling to explore any dark corners."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Sassoon deserves this tribute and there are some interesting social insights."
‑ Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express
"Would have been more effective as an hour-long TV doc."
‑ Jason Goodyer, Little White Lies
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