Starlet Reviews

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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.
December 6, 2012
This is confident, engrossing storytelling, and the actors are terrific.
December 6, 2012
Starlet sneaks up on you.
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.
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 23, 2012
This slender film is bolstered by strong performances, particularly from Hemingway (daughter of Mariel) and her 85-year-old co-star.
November 20, 2012
A strikingly unsentimental study in female friendship between unmoored souls in L.A.'s bleached, glamour-challenged San Fernando Valley.
November 16, 2012
"Starlet" is like a flower growing out of a septic tank.
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.
November 9, 2012
[An] ethereal slice of life in the San Fernando Valley ...
November 8, 2012
A thrillingly, unexpectedly good American movie about love and a moral awakening ...
November 8, 2012
It's a character study about faith in connectedness, with an unforced love for cross-generational companionship that's special indeed.
Top Critic
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.
November 8, 2012
Starlet is refreshingly unsentimental in its depiction of both youth and age.
November 7, 2012
An empathic, absorbing tale of the old and the beautiful, Starlet tracks an unlikely intergenerational friendship in the San Fernando Valley.
November 6, 2012
Unfortunately, the film signals its more serious aspirations aggressively, via "thoughtful" synth drones and an italicized parental subtext.
October 5, 2012
Starlet contains enough provocative subtext to deliver on its themes about the challenges of communication.
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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