Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon


Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

Critics Consensus

Its unabashedly positive tone may strike some viewers as disingenuous, but even if Supermensch doesn't tell the whole story, it's an undeniably entertaining one.



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Shep Gordon is the consummate Hollywood insider. Though he isn't a household name, Gordon has become a beacon in the industry, beloved by the countless stars he has encountered throughout his storied career. Shep is known for managing the careers of Alice Cooper as well as stints with Blondie, Luther Vandross and Raquel Welch, among others - a career that began with a chance encounter in 1968 with Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. He even found time to invent the "Celebrity Chef." Though the chef as star is part of the culture now, it took Shep's imagination, and his moral outrage at how the chefs were being treated, to monetize the culinary arts into the multi-billion dollar industry it is today. Personal friends with the Dalai Lama through his philanthropic endeavors with the Tibet Fund and the guardian of four children, Gordon's unlikely story will be told by those who know him best, his pals, including Alice Cooper, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Anne Murray, Willie Nelson, Emeril Lagasse and more. (C) Radius


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Critic Reviews for Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

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  • Soon, however, it becomes heavily tinged with melancholy about Gordon's unfulfilled dream of having a family of his own. Interesting guy.

    Aug 29, 2018 | Full Review…
  • This documentary portrait by Mike Myers (of Wayne's World and Austen Powers fame) of his friend Shep Gordon comes close to hagiography but is just about saved by great anecdotes, stylistic inventiveness and the low-key charm of the man himself.

    Feb 13, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It makes for a lively, entertaining guide to the LA music scene in the 70s and 80s and the film business - Gordon dabbled in movie production.

    Jul 17, 2014 | Full Review…
  • You'll be looking him up as soon as it ends. The feeling this is all some huge elaborate hoax only adds spice!

    Jul 17, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It may leave you asking: Why did I just watch that old guy's birthday tape?

    Jun 20, 2014 | Rating: C | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • Yes, there is some gravity in the film, but mostly it's the rock-and-roll story of a rock-and-roll life (even though one of his favorite clients was Canadian folk singer Anne Murray).

    Jun 19, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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  • May 03, 2015
    Most of the buzz around this documentary comes from its director: Mike Myers. Out of the spotlight for many years (following several box office bombs) Myers has turned his energy to the world of directing, and in particular to a giant in the industry: Shep Gordon. A man who has managed everyone from Alice Cooper to Emerill Lagasse, this famous manager has a buttload of stories, and is finally given a way to tell them. Read more at
    Spencer S Super Reviewer

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