Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 4 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Caroline McKenzie
    Apr 1, 2013
    38
    Rote, rushed, and utterly uninterested in the power of Stern as an innovator of image, making it effectively the opposite of the output of the artist it attempts to document.
  2. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Apr 18, 2013
    30
    Though the photographs are memorable, the photographer is not.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Apr 4, 2013
    30
    An unappealing jumble of sex, regret and hero worship, “Bert Stern” is an odd tribute to brilliance muffled by lust.
  4. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Apr 2, 2013
    20
    The film does offer some revealing anecdotes about his infamous Monroe sessions, but mostly, it simply slouches from one sensationalistic, salacious bit to the next, sans any historical context. Worse, filmmaker Shannah Laumeister continually rhapsodizes on-camera about her own “soul mate” relationship with the subject—leaving viewers feeling mad as hell.

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