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Reviews: Maps to the Stars (2015)

maps_to_the_starsReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Non e’ piu’ tempo di maledettismi ed eccessi grotteschi. Nel suo cinema, l’economia espressiva e la solidita’ del racconto, hanno sempre portato a risultati assai piu’ convincenti, nonostante gli adepti amino persino i suoi exploit piu’ sconclusionati. Maps to the stars e’ per loro. Gli altri si astengano.
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: La que podríamos definir como la primera comedia del fundamental David Cronenberg queda como un grumoso retablo de los avatares de una familia disfuncional con el delirio de Hollywood como marco. Sencilla, directa, divertida fábula contemporánea.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
    • Excerpt: its pointed critique of a particular empty headed culture ends up feeling like a series of wink-wink potshots, hovering around the level of soap opera as interpreted by V.C. Andrews.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Tiene una parte central muy buena, con una portentosa Julianne Moore, pero un final demasiado precipitado.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The movie is also unfocused and a little too generalized for its targets to really take a hit.
  • Hugo Gomes @ Cinematograficamente Falando … [Portuguese]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: There’s something a little off kilter about this tale – and not in a good way. For a comedy-drama set amongst the politics of La la Land, the ambiance is surprisingly lethargic.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Quite hilarious in a deeply disturbing way that you won’t want to look straight on at, lest it forever ruin you as a lover of movies.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: …more misanthropic than glamorous, and yet, it’s impossible to look away as viewed through David Cronenberg’s disturbing prism.
  • Greg Klymkiw @ The Film Corner
    • Excerpt: That the film is about the sick vapidity of making movies that are themselves even more vapid and familiar, is the brave sign of a writer fully in command of what makes satire so special. When you experience the real thing, as you do here, it’s a wonder to behold.
  • Daniel Lackey @ Cinema Axis
    • Excerpt: David Cronenberg and Bruce Wagner paint Hollywood as a ghost town in more ways than one.
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: Scurvy, hilariously over-the-top … as much Grand Guignol as show-biz satire … Cronenberg and Moore get down and dirty, luxuriating in the fetid underbelly of a business built on greed and insecurity.
  • Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: While it may not quite equal the brilliant tour de force that was ‘Cosmopolis’, ‘Maps to the Stars’ still finds Cronenberg in fine form, deconstructing celebrity culture with sardonic ruthlessness.
  • Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Fucked up in every best possible way.
  • Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Biting Hollywood-skewing satire meets David Cronenberg weirdness in the director’s Maps to the Stars, an occasionally vicious portrait of contemporary life in Beverly Hills that goes off on a few too many oddball tangents to succeed along the lines of a classic Hollywood satire like Robert Altman’s The Player.
  • Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: É um olhar triste e cinzento que parece induzir o espectador à ideia de uma Hollywood em vias de extinção. Cronenberg pode ter uma ânsia enorme de filmar, mas não sei se consegue convencer os seus fiéis a manterem a mesma devoção pelo seu cinema.
  • Francis Rizzo III @ DVDTalk
    • Excerpt: Hollywood is an incestuous world of awful people
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: The very idea that he would take on Hollywood David Cronenberg’s latest film is a big disappointment, a listless and sometimes vapid movie that doesn’t really tell you anything about Hollywood that you don’t already know.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • Sarah Ward @ artsHub
  • Budd Wilkins @ Slant Magazine
    • Excerpt: Cronenberg’s latest, Maps to the Stars, doubles down on the dysfunction with its tragicomic take on the intersecting fortunes of two Tinseltown dynasties and the hidden histories of violence that continue to haunt them.
Updated: December 3, 2015 — 8:45 pm

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