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  • Summary: After the heartbreaking end of his first love, a recent college graduate (Chris Lowell) sets out to win back the girl of his dreams (Rose McIver) only to discover a greater journey awaits him.
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 9
  2. Negative: 5 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Geoff Berkshire
    Jan 30, 2014
    60
    Brightest Star, has all the trappings of a contemporary romantic comedy, but also the good sense to strive for a deeper examination of a young man’s search for his place in the universe.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jan 29, 2014
    50
    So terminally bland is Brightest Star’s protagonist (played by Chris Lowell) that screenwriters Maggie Kiley (who also directed) and Matthew Mullen couldn’t be tasked to provide him with a name — the closing credits refer to him simply as The Boy.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    Jan 29, 2014
    40
    The chief problem is that no matter what the nameless dude is up to, it hardly seems to matter.
  4. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Jan 31, 2014
    38
    Lack of specificity in the writing aside, the opening of Brightest Star — which had its title changed, to no avail, from "Light Years" — tells the viewer loud and clear that this trek is not going to lead anyplace new.
  5. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jan 30, 2014
    30
    Brightest Star is too dim to sustain interest even with its very brief running time.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jan 30, 2014
    30
    Beware any movie that talks about what it is before being what it is.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jan 30, 2014
    20
    Far from burning bright, this earnest indie starts out dull and gets duller.

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Feb 19, 2014
    3
    What a jerk! I stopped caring about the male lead the moment he slept with 2 girls who sincerely love him. Who cares about his real destiny. Suck a jerk! Expand

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