Manolo, The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards
Manolo, The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards (2017)

Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards is the charming portrait of legendary shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, whose impeccable dedication to his craft set a fashion standard among celebrities, stylists, and industry icons. Longtime fashion… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 15, 2017
DVD Release Date: December 12, 2017
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Dave White
TheWrap

A sneaker-wearing dullard's idea of extravagant praise is often a kitten-heel-obsessive's understanding of naked truth. And if shoe worship is taken as given, Roberts doesn't hold back when laying out the articles of faith for Blahnik's enthusiastic cult.

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Jon Caramanica
New York Times

TIt rushes through Mr. Blahnik's biography, dwelling on pop-culture moments and blandly ecstatic celebrity testimonials.

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Staci Layne Wilson
AtHomeInHollywood.com

Anyone who loves the history of fashion - the doc presents archival video from swinging London to gritty 1980s Paris, and everyplace in-between - will enjoy aspects of this film.

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Matt Fagerholm
RogerEbert.com

The film follows in its subject's footsteps to a fault, and it does so in rubber heels.

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Abbey Bender
Village Voice

Manolo might be a hard sell to moviegoers who aren't already interested, but for fashion enthusiasts, it's an enjoyable confection.

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Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine

Michael Roberts's documentary is an unabashed exercise in deifying its subject matter with superlatives and hyperbole from the mouths of talking heads, which ultimately results in the cheapening of the artist.

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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter

As frustrating as The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards can be ... it makes quite clear that the man behind a revered international brand is an artist first and foremost. For his ardent admirers, that will probably be a perfect fit.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

This tinselly doc about an eminent shoe designer is a very shiny object lacking a substantive core.

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