Maps to the Stars (2015)
Maps to the Stars (2015)
Critic 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.
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Critic Reviews for Maps to the Stars
This isn't a lousy film; it's a mediocre, ugly film about lousy people.
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.
"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.
According to Cronenberg, the script for "Maps to the Stars," by Bruce Wagner, began life more than twenty years ago, and it shows.
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.
Audience Reviews for Maps to the Stars
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.
Julianne Moore steals the scene as what seems like an older version of Lindsay Lohan with a Mommie Dearest complex (think of Christina, not Joan) in a cynical story full of horrible characters who are forced to face their ghosts in ways that would leave Freud aroused.
Interesting film about horrible people. Was it just me who kept thinking "Justin Bieber" when Benji was in full brat mode? I think I need to watch this again sometime. It's a lot - a lot of characters, a lot of situations. Pretty f'd up, honestly. I think I liked it. Not entirely sure as the people are just so awful. Lol. Original and ambitious movie.
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