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This is a biopic by numbers in reverse order so the worse is at the beginning of the film.
It's a slow, agonising and, at times, heart-breaking watch, but it's brutally honest and very well acted.
Writer-director Bill Clark doesn't flinch from depicting the physical effects of Tom's illness, and neither does he pull any punches when it comes to showing us its gruelling emotional costs.
Depicting a courageous fight back with compassion and sincerity, this capably played drama has its heart firmly in the right place.
A tale of endurance that is explored intimately but somewhat prosaically, this is probably better suited to television than cinema.
The "starfish" reference is milked heavily and becomes sickeningly obvious.
Starfish is in fact a very thoughtful and tender examination of a relationship that is tested to the absolute limit.
Clark's film treats bracing subject matter with honesty and often startling intimacy but never loses sight of the courage shown by this particular family and the many others in the country affected by a truly horrifying condition.
A brutally honest family drama that boasts a pair of great lead performances.
Features good performances from Tom Riley and Joanne Froggatt as the couple trying to come to terms with very altered lives.
It is gruelling to watch. But all the more important for it.
A gruelling dramatisation of true events.
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