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  • Summary: The man is Ozwald Boateng, one of Britain's most successful and influential fashion designers of the past two decades. Directed by Varon Bonicos, and spanning a twelve-year period, A Man's Story weaves together his rocket-like trajectory through the fashion world with an intimate portrait of a family man struggling to balance life and work. (Trinity Pictures) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Nov 1, 2012
    88
    Showing the personal toll that produces a star in any field could be a soggy, predictable drag, but the documentary A Man's Story never slides into easy sentiment or bromides.
  2. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Nov 4, 2012
    75
    A fascinating look at the juggling act of a man who is succeeding in public, but still trying to find the answers in private.
  3. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Nov 1, 2012
    50
    The result often plays more like a satire of the fashion industry than a serious look at one of the humans inside it.
  4. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Oct 31, 2012
    50
    Trouble is, even a finely tailored suit needs a body to fill it, and A Man's Story never gets its man.
  5. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Nov 1, 2012
    50
    An unsatisfying look at the London designer Ozwald Boateng, was shot over 12 years and aspires to a degree of intimacy, yet this glancing treatment is not very enlightening.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Nov 2, 2012
    50
    As a flashy, country-hopping ridealong with a style icon, it will appeal to fashionistas, but you won't learn much about the high-end world of clothing design beyond its ability to stretch someone's schedule to the breaking point, and land that someone a gig outfitting Jamie Foxx and Will Smith.
  7. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Oct 31, 2012
    25
    A Man's Story does a major disservice to an artiste of fashion with a pretty amazing and prolific oeuvre by reducing him to a Bravo-like personality - a personality whose pettiness Boateng's work, though perhaps not his ego, clearly exceeds.

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