• Unrated, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Sean Baker
    In Theaters:
    Nov 9, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    May 7, 2013
  • Music Box Films
  • Starlet
    2 minutes 7 seconds
    Added: Oct 17, 2012

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Starlet Reviews

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Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects

It does not prove to be an ultimately rewarding experience.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects

March 14, 2012
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago

No amount of strong acting, however, can entirely compensate for the dramatic conveniences or every shrill appearance by Jane's cartoonishly despicable roommates.

Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago | Original Score: 2/5

January 8, 2013
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Unfortunately, the film signals its more serious aspirations aggressively, via "thoughtful" synth drones and an italicized parental subtext.

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

November 6, 2012
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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"Starlet" is like a flower growing out of a septic tank.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

November 16, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Baker effectively juxtaposes two vastly different worlds, though he never makes the case that either is as significant as the gauzy visuals suggest.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News

January 8, 2013
Stephen Carty
Flix Capacitor

This modest indie boasts naturalistic direction and a few impressive performances, while the presence of a tiny Chihuahua results in some of the most adorable dog acting since The Artist.

Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 6, 2014
Will McCord
Paste Magazine

Though the plot of Starlet may sound formulaic, the film is handled with a level of care and understatement that elevates it.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 7.5/10

November 14, 2012
Michael Nordine
Willamette Week

Either avoids or transcends nearly every cliché we've come to associate with American independent film.

Full Review Source: Willamette Week | Original Score: B+

January 9, 2013
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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This is confident, engrossing storytelling, and the actors are terrific.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 6, 2012
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

...consistently surprising in the way it mingles tender emotions with inherent tawdriness, casually incorporating graphic sex scenes with touching moments of innocent human interaction.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: A-

December 3, 2012
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...has a sunny SoCal vibe that belies its tawdry milieu

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 88/100

April 27, 2013
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The film itself deserves praise for its portraits of these two women and the different worlds they inhabit.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 6, 2012
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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You may have never heard of Sean Baker, but he's one of the most astute and least sentimental chroniclers of life on the fringes working in film today.

Full Review Source: The Wrap

November 9, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Where it counts, "Starlet" ... allows its characters room to maneuver within the potential cliches.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

December 6, 2012
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Sean Baker's amiably oblique Starlet finds fresh ways to tell a familiar story.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

November 29, 2012
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com

Hemingway gives her naïf substance and Johnson turns her crone into a caring mother-figure. . .in surprising ways so their winning poignancy makes up for the fanciful [end].

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 7/10

November 10, 2012
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine

The film works as a charming aesthetic exercise with its jerky camera and inadvertent cuts, as a contemplation on intergenerational female bonding.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 6, 2012
Drew McWeeny
HitFix

A smart, sweet, haunting experience.

Full Review Source: HitFix

November 12, 2012
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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A thrillingly, unexpectedly good American movie about love and a moral awakening ...

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

November 8, 2012
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

"Starlet" is a transparent bellwether of American society. Innocence is a shattered illusion, and emotions are a useless devotion. All youth is wasted.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: B

November 10, 2012
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