• Unrated, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Sean Baker
    In Theaters:
    Nov 9, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    May 7, 2013
  • Music Box Films
  • Starlet
    2 minutes 7 seconds
    Added: Oct 17, 2012

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Starlet Reviews

Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Baker effectively juxtaposes two vastly different worlds, though he never makes the case that either is as significant as the gauzy visuals suggest.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News

January 8, 2013
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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This is confident, engrossing storytelling, and the actors are terrific.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 6, 2012
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Starlet sneaks up on you.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

December 6, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Where it counts, "Starlet" ... allows its characters room to maneuver within the potential cliches.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

December 6, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The film itself deserves praise for its portraits of these two women and the different worlds they inhabit.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 6, 2012
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

November 30, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

November 29, 2012
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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This slender film is bolstered by strong performances, particularly from Hemingway (daughter of Mariel) and her 85-year-old co-star.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 23, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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A strikingly unsentimental study in female friendship between unmoored souls in L.A.'s bleached, glamour-challenged San Fernando Valley.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

November 20, 2012
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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"Starlet" is like a flower growing out of a septic tank.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

November 16, 2012
J. Hoberman
ARTINFO.com
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As its title suggests, "Starlet" is a Hollywood story, albeit one that Hollywood would not be likely to produce.

Full Review Source: ARTINFO.com

November 15, 2012
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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You may have never heard of Sean Baker, but he's one of the most astute and least sentimental chroniclers of life on the fringes working in film today.

Full Review Source: The Wrap

November 9, 2012
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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[An] ethereal slice of life in the San Fernando Valley ...

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 9, 2012
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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A thrillingly, unexpectedly good American movie about love and a moral awakening ...

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

November 8, 2012
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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It's a character study about faith in connectedness, with an unforced love for cross-generational companionship that's special indeed.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

November 8, 2012
Scott Tobias
NPR
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Starlet represents a welcome throwback to the smoggy West Coast character studies of the 1970s - and not just because the generational chasm between its two leads evokes Harold and Maude.

Full Review Source: NPR

November 8, 2012
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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An empathic, absorbing tale of the old and the beautiful, Starlet tracks an unlikely intergenerational friendship in the San Fernando Valley.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 7, 2012
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Unfortunately, the film signals its more serious aspirations aggressively, via "thoughtful" synth drones and an italicized parental subtext.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

November 6, 2012
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Powerful sense of place roots film about the uneasy friendship between a 21 year old and an octogenarian.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

April 24, 2012
Peter Debruge
Variety
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[A] brittle, beautifully understated San Fernando Valley character study.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 14, 2012
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