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 (UK)

[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

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.

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

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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