Reviews: A Star Is Born (2018)

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  • Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
  • Caio Bogoni @ Cine Grandiose [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Competent tale plagued by mistakes that could have been avoided after three previous versions of the same story.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: Love story about two musicians finding it difficult to believe in themselves and their unique voices.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The actors’ support for each other translates on screen as real communion and their musical performances together are the film’s highlight.
  • David Crow @ Den of Geek
    • Excerpt: Like the misbegotten 1976 version with Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, 2018’s A Star is Born moves the showbiz fable from movie studios to the music industry. But unlike that vanity project, Cooper uses American entertainment’s favorite creation myth to recreate how audiences will forever perceive him and Gaga.
  • Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews
    • Excerpt: A Star is Born is an electrifying directorial debut by Bradley Cooper even if it’s somewhat flawed in its execution.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: There isn’t much to find if you’re looking for surprises or something new, but it manages to make a case for itself as a solid remake that features great performances and equally great music.
  • Chris Feil @ filmmixtape
  • [New] | Vadim Grigoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The tale of these two people is a bewitching saga that allows the two actors to exhibit considerable chemistry as their connection develops over their love of music.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Instantly sweeps us up in its passion, its electricity, its music, and characters to fall in love with. Lady Gaga is a revelation. It’s impossible to believe Bradley Cooper has never directed before. I adore this movie.
  • Allyson Johnson @ TheYoungFolks
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Cooper’s A Star Is Born is engaging, crafted with skill, and may even have you accuse someone of cutting onions in the theater. Jack and Ally are made for each other which is why the first half is one of the best film’s of the year. It’s the more melodramatic and plot-saturating second half which dims the magic of the first half’s glow.
  • Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: Things don’t happen because they follow from the story; they happen because they also happened in 1937, 1954, and 1976. The intricacies of plot and character have been sanded down by time.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: A Star is Born plays a familiar tune—it plays it well enough, but no matter what Cooper and company try, it’s a song we’ve heard before.
  • Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe
    • Excerpt: The one thing that’s never diminished is their love. It shines through Cooper and Gaga’s performances and the music with relevant lyrics proving crucial to their characters’ mindsets and our emotional reaction to what occurs.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Stars in their eyes.
  • Pat Mullen @ BeatRoute
    • Excerpt: Debut performances in the movies are rarely as confident as this one is. Even more impressive than Lady Gaga’s star turn is actor Bradley Cooper’s assured hand in his debut as director.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: The performances and chemistry are great, the music is fantastic, and Cooper has proven to have what it takes to deliver a real crowd-pleaser from the director’s chair.
  • Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom
    • Excerpt: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga give A Star Is Born solid fireworks and grand emotion, kept rooted and grounded amid the fairytales of stardom.
  • Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Gaga and Cooper combo works on every level! One of the top films of 20181
  • Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson
    • Excerpt: Songs emerge and what was cauterized by charged passion is now frozen in alluring amazement of the talent on display. With this fourth version of A Star is Born, you will find yourself captivated watching the expressive performances, both sung and unsung, no matter if it is for an audience of thousands or just merely one.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ It’s Just Movies
    • Excerpt: Lady Gaga gets her screen cred and Bradley Cooper chalks up his first directorial achievement. Otherwise, it’s a wasteland out there.