Fascinating, suspenseful, illuminating, and ultimately moving.
Peter Keough, Boston Globe, 2015-04-30
From creating photo files rather than sketching dresses, to fitting them on lithe human pipe cleaners who march them across the catwalk, the film is a serious look at a business containing surprising amounts of tension.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2015-04-30
The movie, not to mention the company, deserves praise for showing the challenges as well as the triumphs; "Dior and I" doesn't shy away from conflicts when they arise. This isn't marketing material. It's a real look at a fascinating line of work.
Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, 2015-04-30
We get to know the people - mostly women, but a few men - whose hands create these intricate, beautiful garments.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2015-04-23
Tcheng finds Simons in moments of haughty self-confidence and tremulous self-doubt.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2015-04-23
The documentary offers a privileged behind-the-scenes look at the workings of a business. It's also about the difficulties of the creative process, the running of an organization, and the adjustments that must be made when a new boss is in town.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2015-04-23
If the ungodly star-driven media frenzy that surrounds the spring collections of the great Paris houses like Christian Dior is the public face of designer fashion, "Dior and I" shows us that what goes on behind the scenes is even more intriguing.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 2015-04-16
One does come away with a grudging admiration for the toil and ingenuity of the many players who bring it all together.
Bruce Demara, Toronto Star, 2015-04-16
The drama of getting new dresses on the runway turns out to be transfixing, while the hero redefines the notion of intense.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, 2015-04-16
"Dior and I" intimately demonstrates the tricky balance between art and commerce, between perpetuating a mythology while attending to the bottom line, and doing it with the pressure of a ticking clock.
Christy Lemire, RogerEbert.com, 2015-04-10
The heart of Dior and I is with these seamstresses and cutters, artists in their own right.
Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post, 2015-04-09
Tcheng gets under Simons' skin - we see the designer's methods of work, insecurities, vulnerabilities and his ability to cut through the noise.
Lisa Marsh, New York Daily News, 2015-04-09
For all the seductive imagery of billowing apparel and impossibly angled high heels, Tcheng never loses sight of the people overseeing every stitch.
Keith Uhlich, AV Club, 2015-04-09
Dior and I is a great fashion movie, but it's also a superb picture about the art of management, applicable to any field.
Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice, 2015-04-07
If only "Dior and I" told us why we should care.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2015-05-01
This undramatic and flat peek "inside" the sewing rooms of Christian Dior holds little in the way of entertainment.
Jody Mitori, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2015-04-30
A few gauzy montages of black-and-white archival footage glorify the fashion house's founder and namesake, providing a welcome interruption to all the self-serving confessionals and stage-managed conflicts.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 2015-04-23
[It] adds up to something that won't have much appeal beyond the fashionista crowd. And even they probably would prefer browsing through one of the designer's catalogs than sitting through this glossy bore.
Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic, 2015-04-23
We get no sense that Simons is invested in the work, or concerned about what's at stake for his personal reputation, or has any insight into what he does with his time to balance what presumably are many other responsibilities and pressures.
Nathalie Atkinson, Globe and Mail, 2015-04-17
Access to an institution like the house of Dior is a rare and precious thing, and Mr. Tcheng has paid for it with a flattering portrait dressed up to look like cleareyed scrutiny.
A.O. Scott, New York Times, 2015-04-09