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69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Andrew Pulver
    Sep 21, 2012
    60
    She's entertaining enough, and like most fashion documentaries, it's a mine of pop-cultural history, but the unswervingly generous assessment of her achievements and permanently arch vocal style become a little wearying.
  2. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Sep 20, 2012
    60
    While plenty of talking heads turn up to offer breathless praise, it's no surprise that the preeminent words of wisdom are, thanks to copious archival footage, Vreeland's own.
  3. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Sep 18, 2012
    60
    The outsize ideas, creativity, and spirit of this birdlike, unconventional-looking woman - called "my ugly little monster" by her mother, Vreeland resembles John Hurt in a jet-black wig - still dominate a project occasionally lacking the same attributes.
  4. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Sep 18, 2012
    60
    Anna Wintour? Feh! There never was, and never will be, a style icon quite like Diana Vreeland.
  5. Reviewed by: Carmen Gray
    Sep 16, 2012
    60
    A fashion world Who's Who offer accolades, while Vreeland's vulnerabilities are revealed in interviews telling how, ridiculed by her socialite mother as ugly, she invented herself on her own terms.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 5, 2012
    5
    Vreeland was an extraordinary person, and I'm inspired by her life and her attitude. (She probably worked way too hard in her life, but IVreeland was an extraordinary person, and I'm inspired by her life and her attitude. (She probably worked way too hard in her life, but I understand her passion for it.) But the way this documentarian captures her life just feels mailed in. There's a hundred ways you can present this type of material, and I just thought much of it was cheesy. Not bad, but just not nearly as good as it could have been. The final shot?? Animated Vreeland flying away in the Lindberg plane?? Didn't work for me. The final shot should have been dramatic, stylish, iconoclastic - but not childish. The extended Jane Pauly interviews were excellent. The George Plimpton discussions? Less so. Full Review »