Like they say in the sperm-donation business, it's all in the genes, and Huard possesses the ideal DNA to breed 'Starbuck' into quite a stud.
| Original Score: B
The other reason "Starbuck" succeeds as a movie is that it goes more for the heart than for the big laughs.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A high-concept comedy that peddles some slapstick laughs and life lessons but little insight.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Despite (or because of) Huard's mugging, 'Starbuck' is more likely to cause queasiness than smiles of contentment.
| Original Score: D
It's a far-fetched premise, though one that's brought down to Earth by Scott's emotionally upbeat writing, his brisk direction, and Huard's nimble, large-hearted performance.
What begins as a cute idea grows annoyingly sentimental before it is through.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Trite-sounding comic premise is lifted by a winning performance by Patrick Huard.
For a story about a man on the cusp of belated adulthood, "Starbuck" has some growing up of its own to do.
| Original Score: C
This is froth, but it's good froth.
Rather than a jolting shot of joe, this French-Canadian comedy is a soothing cup of warm cocoa.
"Starbuck" is essentially a situation comedy, but what a situation.
| Original Score: 3/4
Never mind high concept, this is high conception.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
"Starbuck" is one of those high-concept yet formulaic, sitcom-like comedies that gets by on charm and speed.
The screenplay, by director Ken Scott and Michael Petit is a true original.
The pace is leisurely, the coincidences just a little too pat, but the momentum Huard brings to this befuddled human being has too much heart to let that matter
| Original Score: 4/5
While overly contrived and often slight, Starbuck is a feel-good comedy to be rivalled and benefits immensely from a snappy, wry screenplay and charming performance from Huard.
| Original Score: 7/10
Scott's take on the importance of family is an admirable one, to a point, until it moves past that to espouse an uncomfortably regressive morality.
| Original Score: 5/10
'Starbuck' is no father figure
It's silly and a bit sappy, but it works, in a crowd-pleasing way.
Like its likeable loser hero ... the movie aims for a lower rung, grabs the bar, and, without much ambition to guide it, hangs there with no desire to climb any higher.