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Starlet Reviews

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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.
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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
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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
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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
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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
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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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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 16, 2012
"Starlet" is like a flower growing out of a septic tank.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. Hoberman
ARTINFO.com
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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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
November 9, 2012
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.
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
November 9, 2012
[An] ethereal slice of life in the San Fernando Valley ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 8, 2012
A thrillingly, unexpectedly good American movie about love and a moral awakening ...
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
November 8, 2012
It's a character study about faith in connectedness, with an unforced love for cross-generational companionship that's special indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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November 8, 2012
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.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
November 8, 2012
Starlet is refreshingly unsentimental in its depiction of both youth and age.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
November 7, 2012
An empathic, absorbing tale of the old and the beautiful, Starlet tracks an unlikely intergenerational friendship in the San Fernando Valley.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 6, 2012
Unfortunately, the film signals its more serious aspirations aggressively, via "thoughtful" synth drones and an italicized parental subtext.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
October 5, 2012
Starlet contains enough provocative subtext to deliver on its themes about the challenges of communication.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
April 24, 2012
Powerful sense of place roots film about the uneasy friendship between a 21 year old and an octogenarian.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
March 14, 2012
[A] brittle, beautifully understated San Fernando Valley character study.