Starman

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Universal acclaim- based on 28 Ratings

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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. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
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  1. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    Jun 4, 2014
    90
    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
    75
    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
    75
    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
    70
    There is little that is original in Starman, but at least it has chosen good models.
  5. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Rita Kempley
    Jun 9, 2014
    63
    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]
  6. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Bill Cosford
    Jun 9, 2014
    63
    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]
  7. Christian Science Monitor
    Reviewed by: David Sterritt
    Jun 9, 2014
    63
    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]
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Feb 14, 2015
    7
    John Carpenter’s STARMAN is a sympathetic star-crossed romance between an alien aka. Starman (Bridges) and an earth woman Jenny (Allen), aJohn Carpenter’s STARMAN is a sympathetic star-crossed romance between an alien aka. Starman (Bridges) and an earth woman Jenny (Allen), a rare item in his otherwise horror and action packed works, it is my second film from him, after the disappointingly topsy-turvy BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986, 5/10).

    First of all, it is a cruel joke on our earthlings, we set off a welcome message into the outer space, and some unspecified highly-intellegent species responses by sending an explorer to our planet, however, the first thing humans do is shooting the vehicles down, then hunting down the e.t. in order to put him on the operation table for dissection. But don’t worry, as annoying as the authoritarian NSA chief and the military ostentation and extravagance, things will not descend to that ground. Jenny is recently widowed and still overindulges in the then-sweet-but-now-tormenting memories of his dead husband Scott, so the intrusion of Starman who regenerates himself into a human form of Scott through his hair kept in Jenny’s photo album actually gives an impossible chance for Jenny to fall in love with Scott again, thus despite the initial terror to witness the metamorphosis of an unearthly creature turning into Scott, Jenny accepts him almost instantly as subconsciously she knows that her dream comes true in a supernatural version. The pair drives across the country to reach the picking-up location in Arizona, where a mothership will take Starman back as it has planned.

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  2. Apr 12, 2015
    4
    As a big fan of early John Carpenter (The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China) I found that Starman was very disappointing. Jeff Bridges doesAs a big fan of early John Carpenter (The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China) I found that Starman was very disappointing. Jeff Bridges does well here as the unknowing alien, but the special effects are awful. I'm not comparing them to the modern movies of today, I'm comparing them to movies of that era. And the story goes into odd and creepy territory.

    Overall, this a pedestrian turn by John Carpenter.
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