A Star Is Born Reviews

August 7, 2019
One of the most humanly revealing pictures of the movie colony that the screen has ever produced.
August 6, 2019
Golden Age studio filmmaking at its best.
February 18, 2019
A Star Is Born is a swooning lyrical triumph, one of those rare instances in which Hollywood reflexivity pays off.
October 10, 2018
Does the industry a marked service. Without missing its comedies or its fascinations of whitewashing its follies and its heartbreaks it contrives to give an essentially authentic and a wholesome portrait.
October 3, 2018
Although Gaynor's performance isn't as dramatically strong as Garland's, they are both classic versions of the same story. They each have plenty to recommend about them and it's hard to say which is the better version.
October 3, 2018
Gaynor and March are superb and Hollywood itself is well depicted in early three-strip Technicolor.
October 3, 2018
this 1937 William Wellman-David O. Selznick production (itself a partial remake of Cukor's 1932 What Price Hollywood?) is extremely watchable, not least because of the Technicolor portrait it paints of art deco Hollywood.
January 23, 2011
Starring Janet Gaynor and Frederic March in Oscar-nominated roles, this first version of the famous Hollywood story was directed by William Wellman; it was remade in 1954 with Judy Garland, and in 1976 with Barbra Streisand.
August 28, 2008
The highly commendable results are achieved with a minimum of satiric hokum and a maximum of honest story telling.
February 9, 2006
Wellman's non-musical version, though starting more sentimentally with Gaynor as a wide-eyed innocent dreaming every girl's dream of stardom... develops a much more caustic edge, maintaining a bitterly critical distance from the dream factory.
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August 21, 2003
William A. Wellman's original 1937 A Star Is Born is the essential Hollywood cautionary tale.
July 30, 2003
A Star Is Born captures wonderfully the hustle of Hollywood.
May 20, 2003
Good entertainment by any standards, including the artistic, and convincing proof that Hollywood need not travel to Ruritania for its plots; there is drama aplenty in its own backyard.