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: Peter Keough
    May 4, 2013
    An effusive, sad, visually gorgeous, and illuminating portrait of the artist.
  2. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Apr 4, 2013
    Despite its admittedly intriguing parts, the film ultimately feels too diffuse and self-indulgent to represent a truly incisive portrait of its subject.
  3. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Apr 4, 2013
    No matter how it shakes out, 'Mad Man' will never be more than an interesting curio that provides a basic overview of why Stern matters. But for the rest of us, the images themselves will be the greatest evidence on their own of Stern's innovation in photography, fashion and advertising.
  4. Reviewed by: Sherilyn Connelly
    Apr 2, 2013
    Bert Stern: Original Madman is a sometimes uncomfortably intimate portrait of a man who seems unsure if he has a place left in the culture he helped to shape.
  5. Reviewed by: Caroline McKenzie
    Apr 1, 2013
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Apr 18, 2013
    Though the photographs are memorable, the photographer is not.
  7. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Apr 4, 2013
    An unappealing jumble of sex, regret and hero worship, “Bert Stern” is an odd tribute to brilliance muffled by lust.
  8. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Apr 2, 2013
    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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