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.
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
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.
October 3, 2018
This version vaunts its modernity by vulgarising everything in sight.
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.
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.
January 6, 2007
Ms. Streisand has a great voice and a great stage presence, and she has made a number of good films in her career. For me, A Star Is Born is not one of them.
November 28, 2006
Barbara Streisand. Is. A Star Is Born. And two-shots have never been so completely arbitrary.
November 20, 2006
An ego project for Streisand and then companion Jon Peters, or a director (Frank Pearson), who can't handle his leading lady. Either way: This remake, marred by a fake, overly sentimental ending, is only worth seeing for Streisand's singing.
June 24, 2006
Its self-conscious lack of taste is expressed in more than just bad shirts and polyester dialogue - there's the peculiar, quasi-autobiographical elements in its stars' performances.
June 14, 2005
Hopelessly stuck in the bell-bottomed clichés of the '70s... hasn't aged well and isn't much fun to watch
May 9, 2005
A transistorized remake, louder than ever, but very small in terms of its being about anything whatsoever.
October 23, 2004
We can't feel a thing between Kristofferson and Streisand. We don't sense any chemistry, we don't know why these two people are drawn to each other and why they should be important to each other.
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