A Five Star Life


A Five Star Life (2014)


Critic Consensus: Modest to a fault, A Five Star Life is worth seeing chiefly for Margherita Buy's marvelous work in the central role.


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A Five Star Life is the sophisticated and delightful story of one woman's quest for personal and professional fulfillment set against some of the most stunning cities and opulent hotels of the world. Stylish and independent, Irene (Margherita Buy) is a single career woman in her forties with a job to die for. As a luxury hotel critic, she checks into the world's finest establishments incognito to assess their standards, meticulously judging every detail from the concierge's manners to the temperature of the food to the quality of the bedsheets. Her elegant, unattached lifestyle affords her the freedom to jet around the globe at a moment's notice to experience a world of luxury, but doesn't leave her with much of a personal life. On the rare occasions she's not working, Irene's world revolves around her absent-minded sister Silvia (Fabrizia Sacchi), two lively young nieces, and best friend--and former lover--Andrea (Stefano Accorsi). But when Silvia begins to deal with marital problems and Andrea faces an unexpected life change, Irene's small support network is fractured and she struggles to balance a glamorous career with the growing desire for something more. After a chance meeting shakes up her worldview even more, she's compelled to reexamine her choices and charts her own path to happiness despite the expectations of others. Described by The Hollywood Reporter as "part Up In The Air, part Eat Pray Love," A Five Star Life is a warm and heartfelt trip worth taking. (c) Music Box Films

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Critic Reviews for A Five Star Life

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (14)

A collection of carefully rendered details does not a movie make.

Sep 10, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Flatly told and highly familiar.

Sep 4, 2014 | Full Review…

Its refreshing conclusion is more suited to ambiguous European sensibilities than the all-American desire for happy endings or at least concrete resolutions ...

Aug 21, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

There is a warm naturalness to the dialogue, and Buy is wonderfully evocative.

Aug 21, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

A frothy romantic comedy tinged with melancholy and yearning.

Aug 15, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

One of those rambling European films with little plot but lots of atmosphere ...

Aug 8, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for A Five Star Life


On a superficial level, it is easy to like a film that has such an enjoyable sense of humor and a solid performance by Margherita Buy, but soon it becomes clear that the plot is flat as a self-help book, with a simplistic ending that lacks any of the depth it thinks it has.

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