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Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics What's this?

  • Summary: 1967-1976. As one of history's greatest fashion designers entered a decade of freedom, neither came out of it in one piece.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    May 20, 2014
    85
    Bonello's decision to show rather than tell keeps the audience on its toes.
  2. Reviewed by: John Bleasdale
    May 25, 2014
    60
    The trajectory of success and excess followed by last act redemption is familiar to the point of parody, and the ploys with time come over as gimmicky attempt to inject an element of surprise into the otherwise predictable narrative.
  3. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    May 25, 2014
    60
    The upside for Saint Laurent’s admirers is that Bonello’s film reflects more of the designer’s tortured creative drive in its dark onyx surfaces; it’s the slightly deranged auteur portrait that a fellow artist and iconoclast deserves.
  4. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    May 25, 2014
    50
    The screenplay... seems to generally lack a throughline or focus, coasting from party scenes full of drugs and alcohol to work-related drama but rarely managing to get inside the head of the self-destructive character the designer had become by the 1970s.
  5. Reviewed by: Nikola Grozdanovic
    May 25, 2014
    42
    Perhaps through time this hallucinatory quasi-dream of a biopic will grow in stature, but as first impressions go, the film loves itself so much it renders itself beautiful, but utterly shallow.
  6. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    May 25, 2014
    40
    For all its visual fizz, Bonello’s film, which he co-wrote with Thomas Bidegain, tells us nothing about the designer save the usual pompous/concessive hero-worship.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 25, 2014
    40
    Saint Laurent is a well made but bafflingly airless and claustrophobic film.

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