A Star is Born Reviews

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October 31, 2019
This new version follows the previous three in its broad outline, but there are differences. To make room for a number of songs, characterization has suffered.
October 25, 2019
Having seen both Janet Gaynor and Judy Garland (several times) one can only say that this picture as a re-re-make, suffers by comparison and so does its star (not him, but her)... But, it is also a film with two stars who are well worth seeing.
July 25, 2019
Not even the musical numbers are safe from this general disaster. [Full Review in Spanish]
March 6, 2019
A Star is Born rarely stops seeming manufactured; it can't disguise its manipulations or the process of the storytelling. You see the tangled strings, not the puppets.
March 6, 2019
The trouble with rock 'n' roll in A Star Is Born is that there isn't any. The soundtrack is filled with homogenized harmonics passing for rock, but not a single song is good enough even to be counterfeit.
March 6, 2019
A Star Is Born presents Streisand in an appealing and sympathetic role, and Kristofferson provides the perfect balance. In his toughest dramatic assignment to date, he is exceptionally good.
March 6, 2019
Too often director Frank Pierson appears to be allowing his players to act the scene as they think fit rather than under his guidance.
March 6, 2019
It is ironic that the star system itself has killed A Star is Born, a film written to expose that system for just this kind of destructiveness.
November 8, 2018
Gloriously over the top, lurid, self-obsessed; it's no surprise I've developed a liking for this. Kristofferson absolutely holds the narrative together, bringing a sense of realism even within this crazy world; Streisand's performances are showstopping.
October 10, 2018
Barbra Streisand's fantastic singing voice shows to the best advantage her incredible talent. The movie falls short of greatness, but it compares more than favorably not only with the usual concert film but also with the current love stories on film.
October 4, 2018
I swear, I meant to roll my eyes; yet as the stage lights faded and swelled, I found myself starting to cry instead.
October 3, 2018
This version vaunts its modernity by vulgarising everything in sight.
October 3, 2018
The new A Star Is Born has the rare distinction of being a superlative remake.
October 3, 2018
The movie's basic problem is that we simply cannot believe that Streisand and Kristofferson are in the throes of a passionate love affair.
October 3, 2018
The dialogue is surpassingly mawkish, and Barbra Streisand's performance is a non-stop aria of self-regarding cuteness. In short, A Star Is Born is a real stinkeroo which wastes a potentially good idea.
October 3, 2018
This is a fairly good, though overlong, film.
March 7, 2013
A dreary and bloated production that can't sustain its 140-minute running time (the 1954 version is even longer at 176 minutes, but it feels like a live-action short when compared to this one).
February 25, 2013
While in its romantic and romanticized particulars, this A Star Is Born can often seem silly, hoary, disjointed or meandering, the essence of the showbiz narrative still exerts a powerful pull... [Blu-ray]
February 3, 2013
The slow-burn melodramatic love story takes a while to get where it's going, but Streisand's star power is in full effect and Kristofferson is deliciously bitter enough to keep things watchable.
March 26, 2009
The world of pop-rock has waste and self-destructiveness built into its system: Kristofferson acknowledges this and the insight makes him incredibly moving. Streisand makes no nod in its direction.
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