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  • Summary: An alien takes the form of a young widow's husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona.
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  1. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    Jun 4, 2014
    Starman provides him with a role that, played by anyone else, might seem preposterous. In Mr. Bridges' hands it becomes the occasion for a sweetly affecting characterization - a fine showcase for the actor's blend of grace, precision and seemingly offhanded charm.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Jun 4, 2014
    Starman is a wonderful film that combines science fiction, road movies, and romance into an engaging, very entertaining whole.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 4, 2014
    Starman contains the potential to be a very silly movie, but the two actors have so much sympathy for their characters that the movie, advertised as space fiction, turns into one of 1984's more touching love stories.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Jun 4, 2014
    There is little that is original in Starman, but at least it has chosen good models.
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    The gentlest of his movies, it shows a new maturity in Mr. Carpenter's outlook, emphasizing close human relations rather than shocks and outlandish effects. Although it never quite comes together, it shows a shift of focus and interest that bodes well for his work to come. [31 Dec 1984, p.18]
  6. Reviewed by: Rita Kempley
    Jun 9, 2014
    Despite Allen's sincere face; Bridges' quirky, effective portrayal; some exquisite effects; and many funny moments, the film falters at the finish, if not a little before. Mostly it never delivers what it promises -- an alien with all the right answers. [14 Dec 1984, p.31]
  7. Reviewed by: Bill Cosford
    Jun 9, 2014
    Carpenter keeps it sweet. This means muting his fabled skills as an "action" director in favor of plumbing the cutes, and it means that Starman isn't the grown-up entertainment that it could have been. But it's not your everyday romance, either, and it's hard to hate. [14 Dec 1984, p.18]
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