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British filmmaker Chris Atkins examines the nature of celebrity in contemporary culture, and the impact it has had on politics, economics and the media in this documentary. Atkins presents Starsucker as a series of five "lessons" on fame in the modern world: how children are persuaded that fame is something they want, how television and the media reinforces the importance of celebrity and the efforts to attain it, how the mind and body reinforces our need to follow the activities of well-known
Oct 28, 2009 Wide
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Atkins is keener to bring comedy to the subject with a series of stunts that make for amusing if hardly revelatory watching
Atkins deserves credit for a lively and thought-provoking documentary on a subject more suitable to a book than a film.
This lively, ludic documentary about fame, celebrity and the mass media is an entertaining mess.
While this documentary is packed with critical and entertaining material, it has no central through-line to hold it together
This provocative, proudly partisan but consistently entertaining doc is compulsory viewing not just for everyone working within the media, but for anyone who watches TV, reads the papers, surfs the net or has to walk down a city street.
Starsuckers, a rather gimmicky documentary, certainly fails to contribute much to the table.
Knocking celeb culture might be like shooting fish in a barrel, but documentary activist Chris Atkins gets a pretty loud bang.
A lot of valid points are scored in passing against the celebrity-industrial complex, but there's not enough real news here.
A more chaotic mixture of good and bad. Its faults include a tiresomely hectoring narrator and an approach that tries to cram far too many disparate thoughts into 100 minutes.
The tone elsewhere is too often hectoring and self-righteous: a team of salesmen exhorting us not to listen to salesmen.
A shambling mix of strained metaphor and truism in the service of a silly conspiracy theory.
An entertaining, thought-provoking and necessary attack on today's celebrity-obsessed media.
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