Starlet Reviews

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Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects
March 14, 2012
It does not prove to be an ultimately rewarding experience.
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago
January 8, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 6, 2012
Unfortunately, the film signals its more serious aspirations aggressively, via "thoughtful" synth drones and an italicized parental subtext.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 16, 2012
"Starlet" is like a flower growing out of a septic tank.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 8, 2013
Baker effectively juxtaposes two vastly different worlds, though he never makes the case that either is as significant as the gauzy visuals suggest.
Will McCord
Paste Magazine
November 14, 2012
Though the plot of Starlet may sound formulaic, the film is handled with a level of care and understatement that elevates it.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Michael Nordine
Willamette Week
January 9, 2013
Either avoids or transcends nearly every cliché we've come to associate with American independent film.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
December 6, 2012
This is confident, engrossing storytelling, and the actors are terrific.
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
December 3, 2012
...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 | Original Score: A-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 27, 2013
...has a sunny SoCal vibe that belies its tawdry milieu
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 6, 2012
The film itself deserves praise for its portraits of these two women and the different worlds they inhabit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
November 9, 2012
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.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 6, 2012
Where it counts, "Starlet" ... allows its characters room to maneuver within the potential cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 29, 2012
Sean Baker's amiably oblique Starlet finds fresh ways to tell a familiar story.
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
November 10, 2012
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 | Original Score: 7/10
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine
November 6, 2012
The film works as a charming aesthetic exercise with its jerky camera and inadvertent cuts, as a contemplation on intergenerational female bonding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
November 12, 2012
A smart, sweet, haunting experience.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 8, 2012
A thrillingly, unexpectedly good American movie about love and a moral awakening ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 10, 2012
"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 | Original Score: B
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
November 9, 2012
[An] ethereal slice of life in the San Fernando Valley ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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