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  • Summary: At 42, David lives the life of an irresponsible adolescent. He coasts through life with minimal effort and maintains a complicated relationship with Valerie, a young policewoman. Just as she tells him she's pregnant, David's past resurfaces. Twenty years earlier, he began providing sperm to a fertility clinic in exchange for money. He discovers he's the father of 533 children, 142 of whom have filed a class action lawsuit to determine the identity of their biological father, known only by the pseudonym Starbuck. Expand
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 23
  2. Negative: 5 out of 23
  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. 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.
  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: Simon Kinnear
    Mar 8, 2013
    60
    Huard’s charm offsets the plots contrivances, while Ken Scott’s finely balanced direction humanises the high concept.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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  1. 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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  2. 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. Expand
  3. 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.
  4. 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 French version is way better than the American version Expand

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