Starlet Reviews

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August 6, 2019
Baker directs with such sensitivity and grace, allowing the story to reveal itself in a disarmingly moving way.
April 27, 2013
...has a sunny SoCal vibe that belies its tawdry milieu
February 7, 2013
Their friendship goes nowhere you might expect - Sadie doesn't teach Jane any hard-won life lessons, and Jane doesn't try to rekindle Sadie's lost youth. There are no montages here.
January 9, 2013
Either avoids or transcends nearly every clich we've come to associate with American independent film.
January 8, 2013
No amount of strong acting, however, can entirely compensate for the dramatic conveniences or every shrill appearance by Jane's cartoonishly despicable roommates.
January 8, 2013
Baker effectively juxtaposes two vastly different worlds, though he never makes the case that either is as significant as the gauzy visuals suggest.
January 3, 2013
"Starlet" is achingly sad, shrewdly funny, and shockingly honest.
December 7, 2012
When the film has to get into more depth regarding its characters futures and pasts, it falters a bit but there's still a lot to like here.
December 6, 2012
This is confident, engrossing storytelling, and the actors are terrific.
December 6, 2012
Starlet sneaks up on you.
December 6, 2012
Hemingway's very good at taking a girl who often seems like an insufferable L.A. stereotype and shading a range of values and feelings that exist somewhere in those thigh-high socks.
December 6, 2012
Where it counts, "Starlet" ... allows its characters room to maneuver within the potential cliches.
December 6, 2012
The film itself deserves praise for its portraits of these two women and the different worlds they inhabit.
December 5, 2012
Sean Baker's Starlet almost miraculously transcends this story's cornball trappings, with a minor-key muted humanism and bruised emotions roiling just beneath the surface. It's a hushed marvel of a movie.

December 3, 2012
...consistently surprising in the way it mingles tender emotions with inherent tawdriness, casually incorporating graphic sex scenes with touching moments of innocent human interaction.
November 30, 2012
The plotline is unpromising - young porn actress befriends crotchety old lady - and the setup is underwhelming. But stick with "Starlet," and you'll reap unexpected rewards.
November 29, 2012
The film is about as indie as indie movies get, with a homemade, washed-out look that drives home the genuineness of the performances.
November 29, 2012
Sean Baker's amiably oblique Starlet finds fresh ways to tell a familiar story.
November 23, 2012
This slender film is bolstered by strong performances, particularly from Hemingway (daughter of Mariel) and her 85-year-old co-star.
November 22, 2012
Convincing performances from Hemingway and the charmingly crabby Johnson and an unhurried pace ensure that Baker's film achieves its modest goals.
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