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Based on 18 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Starlet sneaks up on you. Set in the same sun-dried, strip-malled precincts of the San Fernando Valley where "Boogie Nights" took place - and set, in part, in that same porn industry milieu - Sean Baker's low-key, low-budget indie traces the relationship that develops between a young actress and an isolated, elderly woman. show more

  • 90
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    A mismatched-friends drama whose overall sensitivity is belied by a couple of clumsily contrived plot points, Sean Baker's Starlet pairs story and setting perfectly. show more

  • 80
    Scott Tobias NPR

    Starlet shows enough of her unbalanced, unsustainable situation to make sense of her connection to Sadie, however frail a ballast her new friend might be. Their need for each other is disarmingly sweet, but far from sticky. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The film itself deserves praise for its portraits of these two women and the different worlds they inhabit. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    It's an odd film in some ways. The porn milieu is detailed in ways at once sparing, in terms of actual screen time, and bluntly explicit. The odd-couple relationship guiding the story has its familiarities. But where it counts, 'Starlet' ... allows its characters room to maneuver within the potential cliches. show more

  • 63
    Sara Stewart New York Post

    Jane's friendship with Sadie is the one thing that cuts through the numbness - though the film's so low-key, even emotional revelations feel pretty muted. show more

  • 63
    Diego Costa Slant Magazine

    The film works as a charming aesthetic exercise with its jerky camera and inadvertent cuts, as a contemplation on intergenerational female bonding. show more

  • 50
    Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

    The relationship is the best thing about the film, which otherwise feels hopelessly sad and tawdry. show more

  • 60
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    Dree Hemingway, daughter of Mariel, commits to some unnecessary nudity, but also impresses with her subtlety. show more

  • 91
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    Sean Baker's singular little ultra-indie is a strikingly unsentimental study in female friendship between unmoored souls in L.A.'s bleached, glamour-challenged San Fernando Valley. show more

  • August 09, 2013 ap00000000159954
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    Not enough dialogue. I found myself thinking geez say something. These critics suckered me into watching because they rated it highly. Please, it was the worst movie I've ever seen in my life. I want the 103 minutes of my life back. I want a refund. I rather watch grass grow.

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