Third Star Reviews

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Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
June 24, 2011
As road trips go, this one travels far and travels well.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kate Stables
Sight and Sound
May 24, 2011
Underneath Third Star's classy cladding, which camouflages its maudlin streak and conventional melodramatic underpinnings, there lies a TV movie first and last.
May 23, 2011
Dalton, a Bafta-winning short filmmaker, ensures everything looks pleasant and polished enough, but there's very little here that stands out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Guardian
May 23, 2011
Rather familiar and predictable, though not dislikable.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
May 20, 2011
All of this feels a little too pat and obvious until we edge towards a lump-in-the-throat finale with an emotional wallop absent from the predictability of the previous scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 20, 2011
This beautifully shot and finely acted drama will struggle to find an audience simply because its subject matter is ultimately so dark
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
May 20, 2011
It's an hour-and a-half of nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Phelim O'Neill
Guardian
May 19, 2011
The characters aren't particularly likable or clever, but their chemistry is convincing and it's well performed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph
May 19, 2011
Dalton's first feature doesn't quite reach the philosophical depths she appears to be aiming for, but Cumberbatch keeps sentimentality at bay, and the ending is almost unbearably poignant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Damon Wise
Radio Times
May 19, 2011
A film that many will find more morbid than melancholy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
May 18, 2011
Cumberbatch always seems to act as though he already has the letters OBE after his name.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
May 18, 2011
The script is too full of events and outbursts for it truly to convince, but the actors bring charm to the film and director Hattie Dalton has a pleasingly light touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
May 18, 2011
Impressively directed and sharply written, this is a powerfully emotional British drama with superb performances from all four leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
May 16, 2011
Hattie Dalton's direction is sensitive but ponderous, making our own third star more than slightly grudging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
May 16, 2011
Even a talented cast struggle to convince in this tough sell of a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
May 20, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Top Critic
Leslie Felperin
Variety
February 23, 2012
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