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Starman Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 26, 2016
[A] surprisingly tender, funny movie from John Carpenter, a man otherwise known for his intense horror/genre flicks. It may be the best sci-fi/romance hybrid ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Vaux
December 16, 2014
We see a sweet side to the director that never appeared anywhere else: an emotional palate that he rarely indulged in, but which he handles with surprising grace and subtlety.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Jeff Bridges as appealing alien; best for teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
July 29, 2009
Bridges' portrayal of Starman can be as hard to take as the lapses in logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Variety Staff
June 6, 2007
There is little that is original in Starman, but at least it has chosen good models.

TV Guide
June 6, 2007
An enjoyable film filled with the kind of sensitivity, love, and humor seldom seen on today's screens.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 6, 2007
It isn't pleasant to watch a talented filmmaker like John Carpenter willfully distort his personality to fit a commercial (read Spielbergian) profile, and only the opening suspense-horror sequences have the weight of real involvement.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The best special effects are in the first five minutes. Thereafter, it's all rather predictable.
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 30, 2004
Early Jeff Bridges starrer is fun sci-fi.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Starman contains the potential to be a very silly movie, but the two actors have so much sympathy for their characters that the movie, advertised as space fiction, turns into one of 1984's more touching love stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
Carpenter is a master of framing for widescreen, and Starman is certainly a forum for him to show off his prowess behind the lens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
In Mr. Bridges' hands [his role] becomes the occasion for a sweetly affecting characterization -- a fine showcase for the actor's blend of grace, precision and seemingly offhanded charm.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 12, 2002
As science fiction, it's decent enough, but it finds its real power as a weird, offbeat romance. Bridges has rarely been better.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 4, 2002
Provides an opportunity for us to look afresh at ourselves and to ponder what it means to be children of the Universe.
Christopher Null
November 4, 2001
One of John Carpenter's best films.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
September 11, 2001
Sweet, smart and wonderfully acted.
| Original Score: 82/100
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
Starman is more of a love story than a sci-fi movie. Take your girlfriend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Dequina
December 23, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Susan Granger
October 21, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
July 29, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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