Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 23
  2. Negative: 5 out of 23
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  1. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Mar 28, 2013
    There are certain plot points in Starbuck, it's true, that either don't make much sense or are simply underexplained. But the picture is so breezily warm, without being too insistently ingratiating, that those flaws don't matter much.
  2. Reviewed by: Philip Wilding
    Mar 8, 2013
    A French comedy that pitches for wit over broad comedy, it's successful in salting what could be a over-sugary confection with healthy dose of wryness. The result is always entertaining and rarely mawkish.
  3. Reviewed by: Mary Houlihan
    Apr 25, 2013
    Scott keeps the story from becoming cloying and sentimental. He is aided by smart, low-key work from his cast, especially Huard, who easily embodies the persona of an adult slacker, instilling him with a warm charm.
  4. 75
    It’s a smidge too cute and a bit too long, but Huard and Scott make this comical journey (in French and “Franglish” with English subtitles), a trip from indifference to kindness, incompetence to responsibility, a most rewarding reinvention of what “family” can mean.
  5. 75
    Starbuck is unapologetic genre filmmaking with a winning performance from its lead, Huard ( Bon Cop, Bad Cop), a shambling, likeable comedian who can flip, flop and fly off a diving board while maintaining his sex appeal.
  6. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Mar 15, 2013
    A potent comedy of genetic chaos, Starbuck is pointedly contemporary and occasionally cloying, but guaranteed to draw attention for its premise and central character.
  7. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Mar 8, 2013
    A lovable underachiever unwittingly spawns his own village in Starbuck, Ken Scott's crowd-pleasing comedy exploring various meanings of fatherhood in the modern age.
  8. Reviewed by: Steven Boone
    Jun 11, 2013
    Starbuck is one of those high-concept yet formulaic, sitcom-like comedies that gets by on charm and speed. It is manipulative and ingratiating but totally worth your time if you manage to pass one crucial test: Does French-Canadian actor Patrick Huard's smile make you happy?
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    May 3, 2013
    A high-concept comedy that peddles some slapstick laughs and life lessons but little insight.
  10. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Mar 28, 2013
    It’s silly and a bit sappy, but it works, in a crowd-pleasing way.
  11. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Mar 19, 2013
    What could have been one long, smutty joke ends up turning into a moving slice of midlife.
  12. Reviewed by: Simon Kinnear
    Mar 8, 2013
    Huard’s charm offsets the plots contrivances, while Ken Scott’s finely balanced direction humanises the high concept.
  13. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Mar 27, 2013
    By showing up and not embarrassing itself too much, the film far exceeds the standards established by the likes of the Shelley Long/Corbin Bernsen team-up "Frozen Assets" and 2012’s dire sperm-heist comedy "The Babymakers."
  14. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Mar 22, 2013
    You do have to give Starbuck credit for engineering perhaps the largest group hug ever put on film.
  15. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Mar 21, 2013
    As amiable art-house fluff, it's a passable way to kill time.
  16. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Mar 21, 2013
    Five or 10 children might have led to comedy; 533 of them make for farce. All the same, Mr. Huard is endearing in the role of a perpetual adolescent who finally wants to stand up to his responsibilities, which include the one baby he has fathered the traditional way, and in his own name.
  17. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Mar 21, 2013
    A high-concept goof that’s hard-pressed to surmount its twee preposterousness.
  18. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Mar 8, 2013
    Almost all the charm of the real story is lost through the contrivances and overacting.
  19. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Mar 28, 2013
    Bertrand does his jelly-belly best to keep Starbuck a comedy. But even the broadest shtick can’t prevent a movie that features a Busby Berkeley-style group hug from becoming a male weepie. Or a testimonial to Planned Parenthood.
  20. Reviewed by: Tomas Hachard
    Mar 16, 2013
    Yet another example of modern-family predicaments getting stuffed into the traditional-family-values message of conventional comedies.
  21. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Apr 17, 2013
    What begins as a cute idea grows annoyingly sentimental before it is through.
  22. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Mar 21, 2013
    Starbuck is up to its eyeballs in mush.
  23. Reviewed by: Jon Frosch
    Mar 19, 2013
    The humor here is sitcom broad, and Scott displays little sense of rhythm; the film runs under two hours, but feels considerably longer.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Apr 8, 2013
    One of the best films of 2013 so far which is not saying a ton But this is a heartwarming film that will make you smile. The lead actor is great.
  2. Jul 14, 2014
    The very underrated Patrick Huard is the highlight of this 2013 comedy, he steals every scene he's in with his charm and presence. The FrenchThe very underrated Patrick Huard is the highlight of this 2013 comedy, he steals every scene he's in with his charm and presence. The French version is way better than the American version Full Review »
  3. Jul 4, 2013
    Haven't had such a good laugh from a movie for a long time.
    A main character that you are bound to like even if he is clumsy and a bit
    Haven't had such a good laugh from a movie for a long time.
    A main character that you are bound to like even if he is clumsy and a bit helpless.
    A must see comedy.
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