Starbuck

Metascore
49

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
    80
    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
    80
    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
    75
    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
    70
    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
    70
    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
    63
    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
    63
    A high-concept comedy that peddles some slapstick laughs and life lessons but little insight.
  10. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Mar 28, 2013
    63
    It’s silly and a bit sappy, but it works, in a crowd-pleasing way.
User Score
7.5

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
    8
    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
    7
    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
    9
    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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