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  • Summary: Stylish and independent, Irene (Margherita Buy) is a single career woman in her forties with a job to die for. As a luxury hotel critic, she checks into the world's finest establishments incognito to assess their standards, meticulously judging every detail from the concierge's manners to the temperature of the food to the quality of the bedsheets. Her elegant, unattached lifestyle affords her the freedom to jet around the globe at a moment's notice to experience a world of luxury, but doesn't leave her with much of a personal life. On the rare occasions she's not working, Irene's world revolves around her absent-minded sister Silvia (Fabrizia Sacchi), two lively young nieces, and best friend--and former lover--Andrea (Stefano Accorsi). But when Silvia begins to deal with marital problems and Andrea faces an unexpected life change, Irene's small support network is fractured and she struggles to balance a glamorous career with the growing desire for something more. After a chance meeting shakes up her worldview even more, she's compelled to reexamine her choices and charts her own path to happiness despite the expectations of others. [Music Box Films] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Sep 4, 2014
    75
    It's not a five star film, but it's no Motel 6 either.
  2. Reviewed by: Odie Henderson
    Jul 18, 2014
    75
    A Five Star Life shows something not often seen in American cinema, at least in films that aren’t police procedurals: It shows an ordinary citizen doing her job.
  3. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Aug 15, 2014
    75
    Filmmaker Maria Sole Tognazzi is going for a quiet, thoughtful character study: a modern woman, sure of herself, but still trying to come to terms with her place in the world.
  4. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    Jul 18, 2014
    50
    Has some clever ideas up its sleeve, but otherwise fails to provoke much interest in the travails of its 40-something central character.
  5. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Aug 7, 2014
    50
    All in all, though, A Five Star Life (which was a hit in Italy) remains a hard film to dislike, and many will savor the fabulous locations where Irene arrives as a "mystery guest."
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Jul 20, 2014
    50
    Maria Sole Tognazzi’s ultra-sedate romantic comedy A Five Star Life is full of aesthetic sophistication and luxurious ambiance, but its pleasures are all secondhand, and the whole endeavor is too starved of incident to really stick in the memory.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jul 15, 2014
    30
    Nice to look at but tedious to endure, A Five Star Life boasts a muted classiness that doesn't mitigate its phoniness.

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