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Starbuck Reviews

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Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine

Yet another example of modern-family predicaments getting stuffed into the traditional-family-values message of conventional comedies.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 16, 2013
Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 28, 2013
Niki Boyle
The List

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 Source: The List | Original Score: 3/5

November 28, 2012
Ashley Clark
Little White Lies

Moderately entertaining, but cartoonish and manipulative.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

November 22, 2012
Ian Buckwalter
Washington City Paper

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 Source: Washington City Paper | Original Score: 5/10

March 29, 2013
Tim Grierson
Back Stage

If nothing else, this might be the most heartwarming film ever made about masturbating into a plastic cup for money.

Full Review Source: Back Stage

March 21, 2013
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto

A movie that incidentally has nothing to do with coffee except for how over-caffeinated it sometimes feels.

Full Review Source: NOW Toronto | Original Score: 2/5

September 23, 2011
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph

Sappy, sloppy Québécois comedy in which an enthusiastic sperm donor learns he has fathered more than 500 children.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 2/5

November 22, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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A high-concept goof that's hard-pressed to surmount its twee preposterousness.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

March 21, 2013
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Geniality and mild laughs aren't enough to sustain interest in this predictable effort, especially given the dragged-out running time.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

March 22, 2013
Jon Frosch
Village Voice
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An ostensibly feel-good French-Canadian comedy about artificial insemination gone awry, Ken Scott's Starbuck mainly makes you feel like taking a shower.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 19, 2013
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

When are 'lovable' movie losers even more (allegedly) lovable? When they're all foreign and arthousey, of course!

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

November 23, 2012
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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"Starbuck" is up to its eyeballs in mush. You may want to regurgitate.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

March 21, 2013
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 28, 2013
Ben Walters
Time Out
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Its story is formulaic and undisciplined, while its tone is mildly reactionary and hugely sentimental.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 20, 2012
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

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 Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 28, 2013
Peter Bradshaw

Almost all the charm of the real story is lost through the contrivances and overacting.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

November 22, 2012
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity

While Huard is an appealing performer the pace of the storytelling and the comedy is too languid and pokey.

Full Review Source: Television Without Pity

March 22, 2013
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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The Citizen Kane of sperm-donor comedies.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

March 28, 2013
Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
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[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 Source: Orange County Register | Original Score: C+

March 28, 2013
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