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
  1. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Apr 17, 2013
    30
    What begins as a cute idea grows annoyingly sentimental before it is through.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Mar 28, 2013
    38
    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.
  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. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Mar 21, 2013
    50
    As amiable art-house fluff, it's a passable way to kill time.
  6. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Mar 18, 2013
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Mar 21, 2013
    40
    A high-concept goof that’s hard-pressed to surmount its twee preposterousness.
  8. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Mar 22, 2013
    50
    You do have to give Starbuck credit for engineering perhaps the largest group hug ever put on film.
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. Reviewed by: Tomas Hachard
    Mar 16, 2013
    38
    Yet another example of modern-family predicaments getting stuffed into the traditional-family-values message of conventional comedies.
  12. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    May 3, 2013
    63
    A high-concept comedy that peddles some slapstick laughs and life lessons but little insight.
  13. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Mar 27, 2013
    50
    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. 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.
  15. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Mar 8, 2013
    40
    Almost all the charm of the real story is lost through the contrivances and overacting.
  16. 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.
  17. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Mar 21, 2013
    30
    Starbuck is up to its eyeballs in mush.
  18. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Mar 19, 2013
    60
    What could have been one long, smutty joke ends up turning into a moving slice of midlife.
  19. Reviewed by: Simon Kinnear
    Mar 8, 2013
    60
    Huard’s charm offsets the plots contrivances, while Ken Scott’s finely balanced direction humanises the high concept.
  20. 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.
  21. Reviewed by: Jon Frosch
    Mar 19, 2013
    30
    The humor here is sitcom broad, and Scott displays little sense of rhythm; the film runs under two hours, but feels considerably longer.
  22. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Mar 21, 2013
    50
    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.
  23. 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
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  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 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
    helpless.
    A must see comedy.
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  3. Mar 23, 2013
    9
    I loved this French film; it challenges just what makes up a traditional family. It delivers many different characters that are real, relatable, some of whom are loved and others who are rejected in today’s family unit. There is unconditional love, even for the throw-aways and quirky people who do not fit in to society. It is a comedy with heart-warming sentiment. Leading man, Patrick Huard is a lovable and convincing man forced to deal his Peter Pan Syndrome. It is a teeny bit long, but you will not find this picture to be the typical formulaic Hollywood movie. And that is a good thing. Full Review »