A Star Is Born Reviews

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December 22, 2018
A melodramatic, overstuffed, cornball of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 17, 2018
The movie's gender dynamics remain fully intact from its 1937 origins. Ally is controlled and manipulated by powerful men from start to finish, and some of the more emotionally abusive scenes can be disturbing to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.33/5
October 7, 2018
If you're entering the theatre simply desiring a couple solid musical numbers, then your $15 will not have been spent in vain. Unfortunately, outside of its music, the movie falls flat as only a two-dimensional vignette of common misogyny can.
October 3, 2018
This is a walking, talking, singing, and a note for note cliché. I enjoyed it, yes, but the beats, the aching melodrama, cornball lines, passages and action are past their prime. They missed a great opportunity to show some originality.
October 11, 2018
While Lady Gaga shines, the problematic narrative makes it clear that it is the unlikable Jackson Maine with whom audiences are supposed to identify.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 15, 2018
What kept me from appreciating this movie as a whole beyond some very good parts was its inability to practice what it preached and actually say something.
February 6, 2019
Nothing about A STAR IS BORN feels earned. The movie plods along to the inevitable conclusion and features unexplained time jumps that we are just supposed to accept.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
September 5, 2018
A Star is Born is devoid of depth. It feels like a missed opportunity, since its core subject offers many cues to tell a contemporary story.
September 9, 2018
Cooper seems at once fired up by the meet-cute potential of the premise, which he nails, and stuck at a creative crossroads with the more melancholy, sepia-toned stuff that probably first drew the previously-attached Clint Eastwood's attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 31, 2019
The film didn't touch me in the heart, presenting more inept than satisfactory moments, both drama and music-wise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 5, 2018
Cooper delivers a weightless version of the story. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 1, 2019
Note to the other filmmakers behind the latest "A Star Is Born" remake: you probably shouldn't let the actor playing the fading singer also direct the movie. And help write it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 1, 2018
The result is a product formatted for fans of the Grammys and the Oscars, but it also lets us see the annoying narcissistic drive of its director and protagonist. [Full review in Spanish]
September 18, 2018
The excitement of the film's first hour is sacrificed for a more cliched permanent stay in its second. Gaga takes over and Bradley takes a backseat; gone is the dynamic that made the first half so electrifying and enticing
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 15, 2018
If [Cooper] was going for middlebrow musical melodrama in the vein of "The Rose" and "The Bodyguard," bullseye.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 18, 2018
But are we still supposed to celebrate a film that posits the male ego as too fragile to accept a woman who equals or surpasses him? Or that a woman's "authenticity" will only truly flower in response to a man's sacrifice?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 5, 2018
This oft-told tale (this is the fourth telling of the story) falls into an all-too-predictable rhythm in the middle of the movie, which becomes a slog in the third and final act.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 12, 2018
However, after some songs, A Star is Born not only begins to repeat the formula of other films such as La La Land but to repeat itself. [Full review in Spanish]
November 12, 2018
"The dramatic structure is identical: we are witnesses of the birth of a star and the tragic decline of another..."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 5, 2018
If 2011's The Artist was an homage, this is more of a burlesque, a hot mess of a movie that takes its dramatic cues from the camp excesses of the drag queens among whom our hammered hero finds the lucky Lady.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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