Maps to the Stars

2015

Maps to the Stars

Critics Consensus

Narratively unwieldy and tonally jumbled, Maps to the Stars still has enough bite to satisfy David Cronenberg fans in need of a coolly acidic fix.

61%

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Total Count: 155

44%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 10,514
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Meet the Weiss family, who are making their way in Hollywood rife with money, fame, envy, and relentless hauntings. Stafford Weiss (John Cusack) is a famed TV self-help therapist with an A-list celebrity clientele. Meanwhile, Cristina Weiss (Olivia Williams) has her work cut out managing the career of their disaffected child-star son, Benjie (Evan Bird), a fresh graduate of rehab at age 13. Yet unbeknownst to them, another member of the Weiss family has arrived in town - mysteriously scarred and tormented Agatha (Mia Wasikowska), just released from a psych ward and ready to start again. She soon works her way into a friendship with a limo driver (Robert Pattinson) and becomes personal assistant to unraveling actress Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore), who is beset by the ghost of her legendary mother, Clarice (Sarah Gadon). But Agatha is on a quest for redemption - and even in this realm of the artificial, and the unearthly, she's determined to find it, no matter what it takes. (C) Focus

Cast

Julianne Moore
as Havana Segrand
John Cusack
as Stafford Weiss
Robert Pattinson
as Jerome Fontana
Olivia Williams
as Cristina Weiss
Sarah Gadon
as Clarice
Evan Bird
as Benjie Weiss
Jonathan Watton
as Sterl Carruth
Jennifer Gibson
as Starla Gent
Gord Rand
as Damien Javitz
Clara Pasieka
as Gretchen Voss
Jayne Heitmeyer
as Azita Wachtel
Joe Pingue
as Arnold
Amanda Brugel
as Star! Channel Interviewer
Alden Adair
as 2nd AD (Blue Matrix)
David Amito
as PA (Blue Matrix)
Dan Lett
as Talkshow Host
Sandra Battaglini
as Havana's Housekeeper
Joseph Murray
as Young Intern
Neil Girvan
as Bad Babysitter 2 Director
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Critic Reviews for Maps to the Stars

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  • This isn't a lousy film; it's a mediocre, ugly film about lousy people.

    Mar 5, 2015 | Rating: 2.0
  • Hollywood has been disemboweling itself since... Sunset Boulevard and The Bad and the Beautiful, but those movies seem like Cream of Wheat compared to Cronenberg's wicked vision.

    Mar 5, 2015 | Full Review…
  • "Maps to the Stars" loses some steam near the end, and its resolution has the predetermined quality of Greek tragedy writ small. Still, I found it (as the Replacements song says) sadly beautiful.

    Mar 5, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • According to Cronenberg, the script for "Maps to the Stars," by Bruce Wagner, began life more than twenty years ago, and it shows.

    Mar 2, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Although it's been dismissed in some quarters as minor Cronenberg-and criticized for "getting Hollywood wrong," or something-it's a sneakily powerful movie.

    Feb 27, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • There are scads of scabrous inside-Hollywood psychodramas, but never a festering pyre on the order of David Cronenberg and Bruce Wagner's Maps to the Stars. What a hyperfocused duo of ghouls!

    Feb 27, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Maps to the Stars

  • Aug 03, 2017
    A disenchanting look at the ugly side of Hollywood, the vanities and arrogance of the rich and famous. That's confusing at first, engaging in the middle part and down right gross in the end when it all comes down to death, murder, suicide and misery. Moore's performance is outstanding, the rest of the cast is great too, but when every character turns out to be a frikkin lunatic, it's hard to hold on to something. Of course that's exactly what Cronenberg intended.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2015
    Cronenberg's sensibilities don't really mesh with the screenplay, but generally he improves upon the more obvious satirical elements through his icy lens. Moore's performance is impressive, a lot of actor's have made themselves ugly but few would be willing to go as far as she does here.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2015
    Rams a knife into the heart of Hollywood, then twists it. Mesmerising
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2015
    I don't understand the intent of satire if not to criticize and expose the stupidity of others with the inflicted idea of how to correct such stupidity. I'm not saying everyone who pokes fun of something has to have a solution for how it shouldn't be funny, but while director David Cronenberg's latest, Maps to the Stars, is most definitely intended to be satire it certainly has no intention of being funny and with that one would expect it to have something more to say than the comments it hands out. If you've been watching movies for any amount of time you will come to realize the one thing Hollywood loves more than money is itself and so the indie kings, the rebellious filmmakers and those who generally defy the system consistently mock it for never allowing them the artistic expression to do as they please. To this point, I'm not one who is overly-keen on Cronenberg's work (though I admittedly haven't seen much) and so before you read any further know there is a bit of a grudge present because despite hearing promising things from the time I really began investing critical thinking in films (A History of Violence) I have come to be slightly disappointed with the results of what has been praised. Again, his last couple efforts (Cosmopolis and A Dangerous Method) have admittedly not been his most well-received, but while I knew I was experiencing something different with both Violence and Eastern Promises I didn't necessarily dig what I was seeing either. Maybe I didn't "get" what Cronenberg was going for, it's easy to dismiss it as such, but in giving a valid effort to want to like every film I watch I typically come away with something whether I feel a movie is good or bad, but the majority of the time I walk away from a Cronenberg picture I simply feel frustrated. I know there is plenty more to see between what I've heard about Scanners and The Fly, but why should I feel intrigued when the other products this company has produced haven't been satisfactory? Maps to the Stars is no different in that it features a singular style and voice, but more disappointing here is the fact we've seen this kind of satire before and so this typically unique perspective doesn't even feel fresh. read the whole review at www.reviewsfromabed.net
    Philip P Super Reviewer

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