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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 2, 2013
A high-concept comedy that peddles some slapstick laughs and life lessons but little insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 12, 2013
This is froth, but it's good froth.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
April 11, 2013
Rather than a jolting shot of joe, this French-Canadian comedy is a soothing cup of warm cocoa.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 11, 2013
"Starbuck" is essentially a situation comedy, but what a situation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 4, 2013
Never mind high concept, this is high conception.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Boone
Chicago Sun-Times
April 3, 2013
"Starbuck" is one of those high-concept yet formulaic, sitcom-like comedies that gets by on charm and speed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 29, 2013
It's silly and a bit sappy, but it works, in a crowd-pleasing way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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March 28, 2013
Director Ken Scott, who also cowrote the script with Martin Petit, has fashioned a story that starts out low-key and gradually builds in its emotional expansiveness.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 28, 2013
The film seems aware when it's being shameless ... and its goodhearted generosity is utterly endearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
March 28, 2013
[Starbuck] would be more likable if it were less ingratiating. It didn't have to be so quick to excuse the hero's general, genial incompetence just because he's so doggone lovable and has such studly sperm.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
March 28, 2013
Director Ken Scott stresses the movie's dude-centric outlook, playing up the anxieties of impending fatherhood, and neglects any sort of maternal perspective, which dumbs down an already moronic premise.
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
March 28, 2013
Bertrand does his jelly-belly best to keep "Starbuck" a comedy. But even the broadest shtick can't prevent a movie that features a Busby Berkeley-style group hug from becoming a male weepie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 28, 2013
The Citizen Kane of sperm-donor comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 22, 2013
Geniality and mild laughs aren't enough to sustain interest in this predictable effort, especially given the dragged-out running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Nicholson
Los Angeles Times
March 21, 2013
As amiable art-house fluff, it's a passable way to kill time before the Vince Vaughn American remake later this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 21, 2013
"Starbuck" is up to its eyeballs in mush. You may want to regurgitate.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 21, 2013
"Starbuck" is more than the sum of its calculations, though not a whole lot more.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 21, 2013
A high-concept goof that's hard-pressed to surmount its twee preposterousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Keith Phipps
Time Out
March 19, 2013
What could have been one long, smutty joke ends up turning into a moving slice of midlife.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jon Frosch
Village Voice
March 19, 2013
An ostensibly feel-good French-Canadian comedy about artificial insemination gone awry, Ken Scott's Starbuck mainly makes you feel like taking a shower.
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Ben Walters
Time Out
November 20, 2012
Its story is formulaic and undisciplined, while its tone is mildly reactionary and hugely sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
June 10, 2012
Opportunities for sentimentality are everywhere, of course, but a comically oversized group hug is about as syrupy as things get.
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
September 23, 2011
An ingratiating comedy based on the premise that it takes a village to raise an adult.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
September 23, 2011
A wonderfully sweet and poignant comedy that goes in all kinds of unexpected directions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Anderson
Variety
September 16, 2011
A potent comedy of genetic chaos.
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Dave McGinn
Globe and Mail
September 8, 2011
Scott deftly balances David's ridiculous mission with moments of real tenderness, making for several heartfelt moments that help carry you past the fact that such a situation couldn't possibly have the ending it does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4