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Star Is Born

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Tookey's Rating
5 /10
Average Rating
4.09 /10
Barbra Streisand (HARVARD LAMPOON AWARD - WORST ACTRESS OF THE YEAR), Kris Kristofferson, Paul Mazursky
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Directed by: Frank Pierson
Written by: John Gregory Dunne, Joan Didion

Released: 1976
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 140

Remake, set in the rock world.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Savaged by the critics, but oddly enjoyable if you're in the mood for wallowing in sentiment and outrageous histrionics from the star - and she certainly can sing. Evergreen won an Oscar; also nominated were Robert Surtees (photography) and Roger Kelleway (music underscoring).


Starring with Streisand is an experience which may have cured me of movies.

(Kris Kristofferson)

A bore is starred.

(Village Voice)
Streisand's notion of acting is to bulldoze her way from one end of a line to the other without regard for anyone or anything; you can literally feel her impatience for the other performer to stop taIking so she can take over again. If dialogue there is, it is that between a steamroller and the asphalt beneath it... And then I realize with a gasp that this Barbra Streisand is in fact beloved above all other female stars by our moviegoing audiences; that this hypertrophic ego and bloated countenance are things people shell out money for as for no other actress; that this progressively more belligerent caterwauling can sell anything concerts, records, movies. And I feel as if our entire society were ready to flush itself down in something even worse than a collective death wish a collective will to live in ugliness and self-debasement."
(John Simon, National Review)

The film looks very like an ego-trip for a superstar.

(Margaret Hinxman, Daily Mail)

A clear case for the Monopolies Commission.

(Michael Billington, Illustrated London News)

Updating and transposing the story-line from Hollywood to the rock world was a grave mistake; the plot's hackneyed pattern of intertwined careers... simply does not suit the unglamorous world of monster open-air concerts, thunderous decibels, drugs and groupies... The present script is distinguished only by large amounts of foul language and even larger amounts of addled sentimentality.

(Geoff Brown, Monthly Film Bulletin)

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