Starbuck Reviews

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Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine
March 16, 2013
Yet another example of modern-family predicaments getting stuffed into the traditional-family-values message of conventional comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
March 28, 2013
Director Ken Scott stresses the movie's dude-centric outlook, playing up the anxieties of impending fatherhood, and neglects any sort of maternal perspective, which dumbs down an already moronic premise.
Niki Boyle
The List
November 28, 2012
It's a concept with decent comedic potential, but the script from Martin Petit and Ken Scott (who also directs) rarely raises more than a titter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ashley Clark
Little White Lies
November 22, 2012
Moderately entertaining, but cartoonish and manipulative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ian Buckwalter
Washington City Paper
March 29, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Tim Grierson
Back Stage
March 21, 2013
If nothing else, this might be the most heartwarming film ever made about masturbating into a plastic cup for money.
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto
September 23, 2011
A movie that incidentally has nothing to do with coffee except for how over-caffeinated it sometimes feels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
November 22, 2012
Sappy, sloppy Québécois comedy in which an enthusiastic sperm donor learns he has fathered more than 500 children.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 21, 2013
A high-concept goof that's hard-pressed to surmount its twee preposterousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 22, 2013
Geniality and mild laughs aren't enough to sustain interest in this predictable effort, especially given the dragged-out running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jon Frosch
Village Voice
March 19, 2013
An ostensibly feel-good French-Canadian comedy about artificial insemination gone awry, Ken Scott's Starbuck mainly makes you feel like taking a shower.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 23, 2012
When are 'lovable' movie losers even more (allegedly) lovable? When they're all foreign and arthousey, of course!
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 21, 2013
"Starbuck" is up to its eyeballs in mush. You may want to regurgitate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
March 28, 2013
Bertrand does his jelly-belly best to keep "Starbuck" a comedy. But even the broadest shtick can't prevent a movie that features a Busby Berkeley-style group hug from becoming a male weepie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ben Walters
Time Out
November 20, 2012
Its story is formulaic and undisciplined, while its tone is mildly reactionary and hugely sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
March 28, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
November 22, 2012
Almost all the charm of the real story is lost through the contrivances and overacting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
March 22, 2013
While Huard is an appealing performer the pace of the storytelling and the comedy is too languid and pokey.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 28, 2013
The Citizen Kane of sperm-donor comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
March 28, 2013
[Starbuck] would be more likable if it were less ingratiating. It didn't have to be so quick to excuse the hero's general, genial incompetence just because he's so doggone lovable and has such studly sperm.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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