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Based on 8 Reviews
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  • 50
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Despite its admittedly intriguing parts, the film ultimately feels too diffuse and self-indulgent to represent a truly incisive portrait of its subject. show more

  • 75
    Peter Keough Boston Globe

    An effusive, sad, visually gorgeous, and illuminating portrait of the artist. show more

  • 38
    Slant Magazine

    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. show more

  • 20
    David Fear Time Out New York

    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. show more

  • 50
    Kevin Jagernauth The Playlist

    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. show more

  • 50
    Village Voice

    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. show more

  • 30
    Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times

    Though the photographs are memorable, the photographer is not. show more

  • 30
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    An unappealing jumble of sex, regret and hero worship, “Bert Stern” is an odd tribute to brilliance muffled by lust. show more

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