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  • Summary: Meet the Weiss family, who are making their way in Hollywood rife with money, fame, envy, and relentless hauntings. Stafford Weiss (John Cusack) is a famed TV self-help therapist with an A-list celebrity clientele. Meanwhile, Cristina Weiss (Olivia Williams) has her work cut out managingMeet the Weiss family, who are making their way in Hollywood rife with money, fame, envy, and relentless hauntings. Stafford Weiss (John Cusack) is a famed TV self-help therapist with an A-list celebrity clientele. Meanwhile, Cristina Weiss (Olivia Williams) has her work cut out managing the career of their disaffected child-star son, Benjie (Evan Bird), a fresh graduate of rehab at age 13. Yet unbeknownst to them, another member of the Weiss family has arrived in town - mysteriously scarred and tormented Agatha (Mia Wasikowska), just released from a psych ward and ready to start again. She soon works her way into a friendship with a limo driver (Robert Pattinson) and becomes personal assistant to unraveling actress Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore), who is beset by the ghost of her legendary mother, Clarice (Sarah Gadon). But Agatha is on a quest for redemption - and even in this realm of the artificial, and the unearthly, she's determined to find it, no matter what it takes. [Focus World] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 39
  2. Negative: 3 out of 39
  1. Reviewed by: James Mottram
    Feb 27, 2015
    100
    Detractors may carp that Cronenberg is showing us nothing new, but Maps is so flawless in its execution, it vividly refreshes the subject matter. Never overcooking the setting, it’s a story right in his wheelhouse; a very human look at characters barely clinging to their humanity.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Feb 26, 2015
    88
    You can laugh with Maps to the Stars, but you can't laugh it off. Prepare to be knocked for a loop.
  3. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    May 24, 2014
    83
    The film is a sickly enjoyable wallow in the scandalous, fucked-up side of showbusiness, and a real return to form for the filmmaker.
  4. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    May 20, 2014
    70
    Cronenberg’s map doesn’t lead to a satisfying destination in a typical story sense, but it is a remarkable quest. For a movie that has so many problems, it is one of the more watchable ones.
  5. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Mar 2, 2015
    70
    Maps to the Stars is at its most potent and beautiful by far when it becomes a ghost story — when the departed, not just Havana’s mother, return to quiz the living.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    May 24, 2014
    60
    Cronenberg assumes a distinctly clinical approach to the emotional, social and business shenanigans on display here, a perspective that has brilliantly served some of his overtly psychological, horror and sci-fi pieces but gives this one a brittle and airless feel.
  7. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Feb 25, 2015
    25
    She’s (Moore) the best thing in this toxic carnage of creepy, self-indulgent decadence, but under the direction of loopy Canadian David Cronenberg, she goes beyond the limit of acceptable artistry.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 5 out of 12
  1. Feb 28, 2015
    10
    Pitch perfect movie about Hollywood and how incestous it is figuratively and literraly. Julianne Morre gives one of the bravest no holdsPitch perfect movie about Hollywood and how incestous it is figuratively and literraly. Julianne Morre gives one of the bravest no holds barred performances for an A list actress I have ever seen. Screenplay amazing and this is one of David Cronenberg's best film. Expand
  2. Mar 13, 2015
    8
    Crazy, funny, scary, with an incredible Julianne Moore. It's clear why this movie didn't get a 2014 release and why the Academy preferredCrazy, funny, scary, with an incredible Julianne Moore. It's clear why this movie didn't get a 2014 release and why the Academy preferred Moore in Still Alice, since it makes a huge critic to Hollywood, including mentions of names like Demi Lovato, Garry Marshall and even Harvey Weinstein. But I liked how Cronenberg and Wagner explored the politics, fame and behavior of big stars. They're not lying, they're showing something real that many people don't wanna see. Besides the world of movies and celebrities, Maps to the Stars tells a bizarre story about a family and a star who has issues with her abusive dead mother. Mia Wasikowska is also amazing in this surpising movie. I recommend! Expand
  3. May 2, 2015
    7
    David Cronenberg is one of the most original and fearless directors working today. Maps to the Stars is one of his more disturbing movies, butDavid Cronenberg is one of the most original and fearless directors working today. Maps to the Stars is one of his more disturbing movies, but it is also uncannily beautiful at times. All of the characters are in the entertainment business. The characters are trying to obtain spirituality but failing because of their superficial, materialistic environment. They seek solace in their family members, who are both their saviors and their worst enemies. This movie is ultimately about the love/hate relationships that family members often share. Mr. Cronenberg's movies are works of art that provoke the viewer, rather than placate him or her like many movies are content to do these days. Expand
  4. Feb 28, 2015
    5
    Despite terrific performances by Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska and Evan Bird, as well as some bitingly funny lines, this satirical HollywoodDespite terrific performances by Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska and Evan Bird, as well as some bitingly funny lines, this satirical Hollywood cautionary tale never quite hits its stride, with too many underdeveloped tangents that detract from the main story line. The film never quite lives up to its potential, despite the introduction of what initially appear to be some novel narrative elements. Its strengths, regrettably, become lost amidst a plethora of half-baked plot devices, keeping the picture from reaching what it might have become. Expand
  5. Mar 6, 2015
    3
    Cronenberg continues to try and make us care for rich narcissists and again fails. Characters without depth or sympathy in a story that driftsCronenberg continues to try and make us care for rich narcissists and again fails. Characters without depth or sympathy in a story that drifts from one genre into vague horror by the end. So much potential wasted. The performances, however, are very strong, especially Moore and Cusack. By the end, I just didn't care about Hollywood and its "problems". There are better stories to be told and Cronenberg no longer seems to be the man to tell them. Expand
  6. Feb 27, 2015
    2
    Map to the Stars gets lost somewhere between Robert Altman lite and Sofia Coppola cool. Cronenberg' s family affair has more issues than aMap to the Stars gets lost somewhere between Robert Altman lite and Sofia Coppola cool. Cronenberg' s family affair has more issues than a psych 101 textbook including arson, addiction and abuse. A way too inside edition of "sick degrees of separation" that leaves one ecstatic for each character's comeuppance. An Oscar prediction- Julianne Moore would have lost for Still Alice if this film was released three months ago as Eddie Murphy did for Dreamgirls on the heels of Norbit. Expand
  7. Feb 27, 2015
    0
    This is the story of a bunch of creeps, Hollywood-style. If you can sympathise with the following characters, you probably will like theThis is the story of a bunch of creeps, Hollywood-style. If you can sympathise with the following characters, you probably will like the movie:

    *Benji, ex-junkie teenager TV show star, jealous about child actors; *Cristina and Stafford, couple of weirdos parents, exploiting said teenage junkie; *Agatha, homicidal schizophrenic girl stalking her family; *Havana, washed up movie actress consumed by the desire of playing her mother's part in a remake.

    On the other hand, if you think that the rich are different from you and I and you find it difficult to feel empathy for a "poor" kid who will earn only 6 million per season instead of 8, you might not get the point of this flaccid tale. Unless that is "even rich people have their problems".

    If emotional engagement is not your thing, you might still have problems with the script and editing. The movie contains several overlong scenes that add nothing to story, except underlining how depraved people are in Hollywood. The party scene, with the despicable conversation among teenagers is a very good example.

    Then there is a scene with Havana, the Moore character, sitting on the crapper and farting away, while having a conversation with her assistant. This is usually described as "vanity-free" interpretation by the critics. Which means Hollywood stars looking like you and me in the morning, rather than their red-carpet version. In turn, this is interpreted as "mega-stars demeaning their supernatural status, thus deserving an Oscar".

    Finally, several "ghost scenes" are scattered liberally in the story. They are among the worst I have ever seen, Havana's ghost mum being the most risible of the bunch.

    Eventually bad things happen to bad people and the movie ends not a second too soon, but who cares: this is a movie –as somebody wrote – that you want to forget you saw.
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