Starsuckers Reviews

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Cosmo Landesman
Sunday Times (UK)
November 6, 2009
Atkins deserves credit for a lively and thought-provoking documentary on a subject more suitable to a book than a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
November 6, 2009
This lively, ludic documentary about fame, celebrity and the mass media is an entertaining mess.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 4, 2009
While this documentary is packed with critical and entertaining material, it has no central through-line to hold it together
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
October 30, 2009
Atkins is keener to bring comedy to the subject with a series of stunts that make for amusing if hardly revelatory watching
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jon Fortgang
Film4
October 30, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
October 30, 2009
Starsuckers, a rather gimmicky documentary, certainly fails to contribute much to the table.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 30, 2009
Knocking celeb culture might be like shooting fish in a barrel, but documentary activist Chris Atkins gets a pretty loud bang.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
October 30, 2009
A lot of valid points are scored in passing against the celebrity-industrial complex, but there's not enough real news here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
October 30, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
October 30, 2009
The tone elsewhere is too often hectoring and self-righteous: a team of salesmen exhorting us not to listen to salesmen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Hanks
Independent
October 30, 2009
A shambling mix of strained metaphor and truism in the service of a silly conspiracy theory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
October 30, 2009
A sobering and thought-provoking film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 30, 2009
An entertaining, thought-provoking and necessary attack on today's celebrity-obsessed media.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 30, 2009
It's sobering stuff that refuses to let anyone off the hook.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
October 28, 2009
Atkins manages to convey a mass of information in a highly palatable form, at the same time as prompting his viewers to challenge and scrutinise everything that they see and hear - including, of course, his own arguments.
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