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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.

Movie Info

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) Focusmore
Rating: R (for strong disturbing violence and sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some drug material)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Bruce Wagner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 14, 2015
Focus Features - Official Site


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 Interv...
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 Dir...
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Critic Reviews for Maps to the Stars

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (34)

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

Full Review… | March 5, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 5, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

"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.

Full Review… | March 5, 2015
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

According to Cronenberg, the script for "Maps to the Stars," by Bruce Wagner, began life more than twenty years ago, and it shows.

Full Review… | March 2, 2015
New Yorker
Top Critic

We watch to see the worst in Maps, it's revealed, and absolutely nothing about it is surprising. (Even the ghosts are predictable.) Also, unforgivable in the inside-Hollywood canon, Wagner can't craft dialogue or be funny to save his life.

Full Review… | November 12, 2015
Seattle Weekly

It's an easy, obvious target, which is probably why Maps To The Stars feels like such a crushing disappointment from a filmmaker I usually revere.

Full Review… | June 9, 2015
Spliced Personality

Audience Reviews for Maps to the Stars

Havana: I can't believe I just spent $18,000!

Leave it to director David Cronenberg (The Fly, A History of Violence) to spend decades making studio films outside of Hollywood, only to finally shoot a film in Hollywood that looks to take it down. Of course, it would help if this acerbic, satirical take on Hollywood culture was a little more attuned to the world of today, but that does not mean it isn't fun. Maps to the Stars is an entertaining drama that follows a few privileged individuals, as they deal with the culture they have thrived in, with lots of setup for disastrous results. There is not a whole lot to take from the punches supposedly taken from the skewering of said culture, but there is enough in the way of the performances and odd touches that made it worthwhile in a weird, Cronenbergian kind of way.

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Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer

David Cronenberg satirizes those washed-up starlets that want to remain relevant at any cost. It's easy to see Julianne Moore as sort of a amalgamation of former stars like Lindsay Lohan or Kim Richards. The authenticity of her performance is never a question. She portrays this fading actress like a woman who has already lived the experience. Moore is brave, but at times the determination to shock the audience reeks of desperation. Too often the atmosphere devolves into crudeness without purpose. The offenses are many. Julianne Moore's big moment occurs while sitting on the toilet. Her demand to her PA for laxatives augmented by sound effects. Incest is a recurring theme. At one point, Havana's dead mother takes the place of the other woman in her ménage à trois. When Dr. Stafford started punching Agatha on the floor of his meticulously decorated living room, I could've sworn I saw that same scene in Mommie Dearest. I get it. In Hollywood, everyone is a mess. Unfortunately so is this production.

Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

Julianne Moore steals the scene as an older version of Lindsay Lohan with a Mummy Dearest complex (as the daughter, not the mother), in a cynical story full of horrible characters who are forced to face their ghosts in ways that would leave Freud aroused.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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