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Starlet Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 27, 2013
...has a sunny SoCal vibe that belies its tawdry milieu
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Nordine
Willamette Week
January 9, 2013
Either avoids or transcends nearly every cliché we've come to associate with American independent film.
Read More | Original Score: B+
KJ Doughton
Film Threat
January 3, 2013
"Starlet" is achingly sad, shrewdly funny, and shockingly honest.
| Original Score: 4/5
Brian Tallerico
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5.0
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
December 6, 2012
This is confident, engrossing storytelling, and the actors are terrific.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 6, 2012
Starlet sneaks up on you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Pais
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 6, 2012
Where it counts, "Starlet" ... allows its characters room to maneuver within the potential cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 6, 2012
The film itself deserves praise for its portraits of these two women and the different worlds they inhabit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
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.

Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 29, 2012
Sean Baker's amiably oblique Starlet finds fresh ways to tell a familiar story.
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Rafer Guzman
November 23, 2012
This slender film is bolstered by strong performances, particularly from Hemingway (daughter of Mariel) and her 85-year-old co-star.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marc Mohan
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Todd Jorgenson
November 22, 2012
A pair of powerful lead performances by big-screen newcomers boost this unassuming low-budget character study.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 20, 2012
A strikingly unsentimental study in female friendship between unmoored souls in L.A.'s bleached, glamour-challenged San Fernando Valley.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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J. Hoberman
November 15, 2012
As its title suggests, "Starlet" is a Hollywood story, albeit one that Hollywood would not be likely to produce.
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