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Brightest Star (2014)

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Average Rating: 2.2/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 5

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Fresh out of college, a young man (Chris Lowell) is left devastated when the girl of his dreams dumps him. Refusing to move on, he devises a plan to transform himself into the man she desires. After resigning himself to working for the head of a company in corporate mediocrity (Clark Gregg), he falls for a hipster songstress (Jessica Szohr) who likes him as he is. As his path continues to unfold unexpectedly, the counsel of a kindred spirit astronomer (Allison Janney) helps him understand how to

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (13)

Lowell's considerable charm goes a long way toward filling in the gaps and the story's emphasis on self-discovery over romantic couplings supplies enough interest to sustain the brisk 80-minute running time.

January 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Gives us a story of love among 20-somethings without telling us enough about the main characters to indicate why we should care about their perfectly ordinary entanglements.

January 30, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Beware any movie that talks about what it is before being what it is.

January 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Straining to meld a love triangle with an astronomy lesson, the rom-com "The Brightest Star" disappears into a black hole of cliché.

January 30, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Far from burning bright, this earnest indie starts out dull and gets duller.

January 30, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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It's either much smarter and more profound than it's letting on, or it doesn't add up to anything at all. Or maybe both - it's all relative.

January 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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The chief problem is that no matter what the nameless dude is up to, it hardly seems to matter.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Shallow, contrived, toothless and ultimately forgettable.

February 2, 2014 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Notable for its effective performances and for the sincerity with which it tries to capture the confusion of young adulthood, but it often chooses simplicity over depth.

January 31, 2014 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

This is a movie that so privileges the perspective of the good-looking foofy-haired white male that it makes you understand the absolutely pejorative aspect of the term "heteronormative."

January 31, 2014 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com

Brightest Star is a dim boy-meets-girl relationship drama that is low on conflict and charm, despite a relatable premise and a strong young ensemble.

January 30, 2014 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

For all the Hollywood obsession with high-concept and special effects, sometimes there's something enchanting about a simple story simply told, and a movie of small rather than grand gestures.

January 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Nicely acted coming-of-age story feels oddly dated and lacks resonance.

January 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

[It] wants to speak some hard truths about contemporary relationships, but the film views its lovers through the sort of gauzy, endlessly forgiving lens employed by facile romcoms.

January 30, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

The cast gets too-cute-by-half dialogue so they can show off how witty they are. Too bad no amount of actual wit could cover for a weak male lead and an emotionally stunted story.

January 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Oregonian
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