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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    May 21, 2015
    100
    Bonello takes on the point of view of Saint Laurent himself, exposing a visionary world seen from within that is as strange and wonderful as that of a magnificently stitched garment turned inside out.
  2. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    May 7, 2015
    80
    The film is a compulsively detailed swirl of moods and impressions, intent on capturing the contradictions of the man and his times. Observations of Saint Laurent at work and in love give way to panoramic, intricate surveys of the world of commerce and culture in which he suffered and flourished.
  3. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    May 6, 2015
    75
    Saint Laurent, Bertrand Bonello’s anti-biopic on the fashion icon, is overlong and opaque, even boring in spots, but it contains long passages of real poetry.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    May 5, 2015
    50
    Superficiality reigns here. Arguably, that should dominate a movie about a fashion designer. But fashion shows run 10-20 minutes, not two and a half hours.
  5. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    May 28, 2015
    50
    A flamboyant but hollow exercise in glitz and pizzazz.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Jul 9, 2015
    16
    To call the film “unwatchable” is to unfairly insult Josée Deshaies; his lush cinematography delights the eye when the camera roams around Saint Laurent’s workrooms. But “incomprehensible,” “interminable” and “immaterial” all apply.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. May 24, 2015
    10
    Disturbing, fascinating and uncompromising view of a deeply troubled creative genius, who seduced the fashion world as he was slowly butDisturbing, fascinating and uncompromising view of a deeply troubled creative genius, who seduced the fashion world as he was slowly but inexorably destroyed by drugs, sex and booze. A near-anthropological examination, shot with exquisite attention to time and place, and benefiting from a large, talented cast and obviously generous budget, "Saint Laurent" is a true feast for the eyes and mind. Warning: includes graphic depictions of sex and drug use. Expand
  2. May 11, 2015
    10
    yes, it's a long movie...(so was "the wolf of wall street"---get over it!)...yes, it's not plot driven...it's a visual, sensual feast andyes, it's a long movie...(so was "the wolf of wall street"---get over it!)...yes, it's not plot driven...it's a visual, sensual feast and excessive because it's yves saint laurent, for the love of god...go see it and let it sweep over you Expand
  3. May 10, 2015
    6
    In 1967, the message to women, beauty is happiness. Mousse, music, detail, perfection, muses, loves, and fixations blend in fashion andIn 1967, the message to women, beauty is happiness. Mousse, music, detail, perfection, muses, loves, and fixations blend in fashion and fiction in the film Saint Laurent. Spoiled boy, animal , designer, brand, visionary, addict, and madman is Saint Laurent. But as Laurent loses his way to sex, drugs and fame - so does the film. However, the comeback, where past and present, inspiration and artistic creation, converge under Benello’s direction with Deshaies cinematography and Romand’s costumes capture an hallucinatory essense of YSL. In the end, beauty is not happiness. Expand
  4. May 9, 2015
    4
    Excluding two extraordinary scenes featuring Aymeline Valade and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, SAINT LAURENT is all surface and no insight. AfterExcluding two extraordinary scenes featuring Aymeline Valade and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, SAINT LAURENT is all surface and no insight. After 150 minutes of rich drug abuse, I just got bored. The film lacks any central conceit so you're lost and mired in a lot of "stuff." Sadly, the director has no cohesive vision about the man who was SAINT LAURENT. Expand

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