A Star Is Born

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With appealing leads, deft direction, and an affecting love story, A Star Is Born is a remake done right -- and a reminder that some stories can be just as effective in the retelling.

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Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers -- and falls in love with -- struggling artist Ally. She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer until Jackson coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally's career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jackson fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.

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  • Pop singer Lady Gaga is quite good as the wife... she subtly and convincingly manages the character's transformation from vulnerable ingenue to self-confident celebrity.

    March 3, 2020 | Full Review…
  • What really works about this version is the fact that Bradley Cooper co-wrote it, he produced it and stars in it, and put it together but he incorporates little elements of Lady Gaga's Story.

    March 21, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Somehow, though, the bloat is almost appropriate in a story about excesses, and the devastating pitfalls of fame. "A Star is Born" portrays both poignantly, movingly, well.

    October 18, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Co-written by Cooper, who also helped write some of the film's music, the script doesn't exactly bubble with wit but it doesn't have to. What matters is that it gives both leads the chance to charm one another - and us.

    October 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • At its huge, pulsating heart this is a story about lovers desperately trying to save one another - from the loss of integrity in an industry that disdains it and from self-destructive impulses with roots too old and deep to be touched.

    October 10, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • The problem is whenever Cooper turns the film away from his best asset (Gaga) and into a vanity production.

    October 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Star Is Born

  • Aug 23, 2020
    Surprisingly mediocre.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Nov 07, 2019
    Seems like musicals don't go well with me. This one did reasonably well though. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga were amazing.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2019
    This was sort of a weird movie for me. Here's the thing: this movie is manipulative as hell, don't try to deny it. It's tear porn, and it's explicit and deliberate in is manipulative intentions. However, I can't deny that the manipulation works and I was weirdly never bothered by the manipulation. It doesn't have the same sense of grotesque self-importance that something like This is Us on TV or any number of Oscar bait movies past have had in their tear-porn intentions. There's something about A Star is Born that feels much more genuine in its motivations. It feels, dare I say, grittier. I think a big part of that is Bradley Cooper's direction, he makes the whole thing feel real and grounded and keeps us with him. It's an over-the-top and melodramatic story, but somehow he directs it in a way that never feels that way, which is honestly a work of magic on his part. This really isn't the type of movie I'd normally be into, and honestly from the trailers I thought it looked like s***, but hey, when it works it work, and this works.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2019
    I regret not seeing it in the cinema as the cinematography and music are outstanding. In interviews, Gaga has said the authentic version of herself is the theatrical one we see in concerts and music videos. But, in this movie, we see her raw and that's the version that makes the biggest impact. The film sinks in the middle of the second act.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer

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