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You can’t come away from Love, Cecil without appreciating how much of Beaton's aesthetic outlived him.
Vreeland’s film, wallowing in the Beaton vision of beauty via his images, his art and his screen work, does a marvelous service in reclaiming this dandy’s dandy/designer’s designer and iconic photographer from obscurity.
Film Journal International
You come away from the film feeling that Cecil Beaton represented the very essence of the fashion business, which continues to celebrate, be inspired by and imitate his huge legacy: absolutely exquisite and impeccable on the surface, often hiding a much darker and uglier reality.
The film itself acts as a diary-scrapbook of sorts, an abbreviated anthology of Beaton’s greatest artistic hits and the romantic vision that conceived them.
The quirks of Beaton’s personality — his cultivation of enemies and frustrated romanticism, among them — are finally not as interesting as his work.
Vreeland’s willingness to include painful as well as flattering details is what gives Love, Cecil its punch.
Village Voice
Even though it paints too rosy a picture, Love, Cecil fills out history with sparkling imagery.
The film is intelligent, thorough and sympathetic, with Rupert Everett narrating Beaton’s diaries. But it never quite persuades you that Beaton really deserves to be considered a substantial artist.
Slant Magazine
Lisa Immordino Vreeland's avoidance of a serious analytical bent ends up stifling the documentary.
Time Out
For a man so singular, the film’s chronological approach feels conventional and there’s little of the spark or fantasy he infused into his work in evidence.

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