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Maps to the Stars (2015)


Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 29
Rotten: 14

Critics Consensus: Narratively unwieldy and tonally jumbled, Maps to the Stars still has enough bite to satisfy David Cronenberg fans in need of a coolly acidic fix.

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 5
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: Narratively unwieldy and tonally jumbled, Maps to the Stars still has enough bite to satisfy David Cronenberg fans in need of a coolly acidic fix.


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 2,552


Movie Info

With this tale of a secret-filled Hollywood family on the verge of implosion, director David Cronenberg (EASTERN PROMISES, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE) forges both a wicked social satire and a very human ghost story from our celebrity-obsessed culture. Meet the Weiss family, who are making their way in a sun-soaked Southern California rife with money, dreams, fame, envy, angst, yearning - and relentless hauntings. Stafford Weiss (John Cusack) is a famed TV self-help therapist, whose "Hour of Personal … More

R (for strong disturbing violence and sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some drug material)
Directed By:
Written By:
Bruce Wagner
In Theaters:
Focus Features - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Maps to the Stars

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (14)

So crisply directed, furiously paced and gleefully performed that you go along for the ride.

Full Review… | May 25, 2014
The Atlantic
Top Critic

For a movie that has so many problems, it is one of the more watchable ones.

Full Review… | May 19, 2014
Top Critic

This creepy portrait of Beverly Hills screw-ups is deeply silly, but it has just enough venomous bite

Full Review… | May 19, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

Comes off like a prank more than a coherent take on 21st century Hollywood, even if there are crumbs of truth and wit scattered throughout it.

Full Review… | May 18, 2014
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Part showbiz sendup, part ghost story, part dysfunctional-family drama, the movie instead comes across as so much jaded mumbo-jumbo.

Full Review… | May 18, 2014
Top Critic

With none of the characters happy at work, Cronenberg turns the screw on all of them at home in a brazenly unhinged, classy psychological horror thriller.

Full Review… | October 10, 2014
Birmingham Mail

It could be a long time before Canada's favourite son finds himself invited to an awards after party.

Full Review… | September 29, 2014
The Ooh Tray

A script written in venom, Cronenberg on bullish form and a cast on full power; this is one of the best Hollywood take-downs ever mounted.

Full Review… | September 28, 2014
Total Film

A tale of terminal Tinseltown wastrels with the twisted structure of a Greek tragedy and the rictus grin of a freshly poisoned sitcom.

Full Review… | September 28, 2014
Observer [UK]

As it explores Hollywood's inbred underbelly, this film becomes increasingly deranged and also rather dark and creepy, but it's so fiercely entertaining that it's impossible to look away from the screen.

Full Review… | September 28, 2014

Horrifying, hallucinatory and deliciously compelling.

Full Review… | September 27, 2014
Movie Talk

Cinematographer Peter Suschitzky's glossy fug and all that ugly beauty makes it impossible not to think of David Lynch's Twin Peaks on Ambien. Repugnant in the best sense.

Full Review… | September 26, 2014
Irish Times

Hollywood, with all its surface chumminess and lingering, murderous hatreds, provides an ideal backdrop for Bruce Wagner's scabrous screenplay, and Cronenberg tackles the subject with an almost gleeful relish.

Full Review… | September 26, 2014
Irish Independent

As "Havana Segrand," an actress dying for a big comeback, Moore illustrates her most vibrant and fruitful interpretation since "Cathy Whitaker" in Far from Heaven.

Full Review… | September 26, 2014

It reveals itself as far more Cronenbergian than it first seemed, full of that dreamy enrapturement with aberration and perversity, offering no moral stance.

Full Review… | September 26, 2014
This is London

Cronenberg's movie fuses elements of Mommie Dearest and Sunset Blvd with the dreamy surreality of David Lynch's Mulholland Drive ...

Full Review… | September 26, 2014
Radio Times

Full of intrigue and well-orchestrated twists, it's a brutal yet funny viewing experience.

Full Review… | September 26, 2014
Digital Spy

Remorseless, relentless and underscored by a pitch black humour, this is an acidic assault on a Hollywood stoned on the self-delusion that it's a hard-working utopia, an altruistic fountain gushing the milk of human kindness.

Full Review… | September 25, 2014
Sky Movies

David Cronenberg indulges in a grotesque inter-family orgy on the golden sidewalks of Hollywood.

Full Review… | September 25, 2014
Little White Lies

The Canadian horror maestro scrapes away the surface of Hollywood to discover a magnificently Cronenbergian outbreak of tortured families, reprehensible behaviour and extreme violence.

Full Review… | September 25, 2014
Empire Magazine

A significant disappointment, more grim family saga about a literally incestuous show business family than lively, entertaining or even vaguely amusing comedy.

Full Review… | September 25, 2014
Daily Express

The whole thing rarely rises above in-jokey parody, and we hardly ever care enough about the characters to feel anything at all.

Full Review… | September 25, 2014
The Skinny

Moore makes the character's inner fury and outer serenity simultaneously accessible to us without either predominating. Her carefree external laughter cannot extinguish the screams inside.

Full Review… | September 25, 2014
New Statesman

David Cronenberg, master of horror both of body and mind, offers a Machiavellian tribute to Hollywood; an elaborate circus of errors that's not too far from the fake smiles and boardroom handshakes of the real thing.

Full Review… | September 25, 2014

The dialogue bites and scratches and there is the sting of something like the truth in certain situations, but as the clunky plot laboriously joins the dots towards a melodramatic finale it all feels desperately obvious and not a little silly.

Full Review… | September 22, 2014
The List

Audience Reviews for Maps to the Stars

David Cronenberg satirizes those washed-up starlets that want to remain relevant at any cost. It's easy to see Julianne Moore as sort of a amalgamation of former stars like Lindsay Lohan or Kim Richards. The authenticity of her performance is never a question. She portrays this fading actress like a woman who has already lived the experience. Moore is brave, but at times the determination to shock the audience reeks of desperation. Too often the atmosphere devolves into crudeness without purpose. The offenses are many. Julianne Moore's big moment occurs while sitting on the toilet. Her demand to her PA for laxatives augmented by sound effects. Incest is a recurring theme. At one point, Havana's dead mother takes the place of the other woman in her ménage à trois. When Dr. Stafford started punching Agatha on the floor of his meticulously decorated living room, I could've sworn I saw that same scene in Mommie Dearest. I get it. In Hollywood, everyone is a mess. Unfortunately so is this production.

Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

Julianne Moore steals the scene as an older version of Lindsay Lohan with a Mummy Dearest complex (as the daughter, not the mother), in a cynical story full of horrible characters who are forced to face their ghosts in ways that would leave Freud aroused.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Fucking Hell seems an appropriate response.

Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer


Maps to the Stars is a visually stunning, societally jaded, psychosexual piece of work THAT WORKS. It is modern supremacy for cynics, much like myself, and is a spectacular film that is to be expected from the iconic David Cronenberg. Julianne Moore is a goddess in this film, although Mia Wasikowska easily outshines her at times.

DA Zapata
DA Zapata

Super Reviewer

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