Starlet Synopsis
A young woman finds a fortune hidden in a yard-sale item and tries to befriend its crotchety owner.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Sean Baker's singular little ultra-indie is a strikingly unsentimental study in female friendship between unmoored souls in L.A.'s...
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
A mismatched-friends drama whose overall sensitivity is belied by a couple of clumsily contrived plot points, Sean Baker's Starlet pairs...
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80

NPR

By Scott Tobias
Starlet shows enough of her unbalanced, unsustainable situation to make sense of her connection to Sadie, however frail a ballast her new...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Starlet sneaks up on you. Set in the same sun-dried, strip-malled precincts of the San Fernando Valley where "Boogie Nights" took place -...
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
It's an odd film in some ways. The porn milieu is detailed in ways at once sparing, in terms of actual screen time, and bluntly explicit....
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film itself deserves praise for its portraits of these two women and the different worlds they inhabit.
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63

Slant Magazine

By Diego Costa
The film works as a charming aesthetic exercise with its jerky camera and inadvertent cuts, as a contemplation on intergenerational female...
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63

New York Post

By Sara Stewart
Jane's friendship with Sadie is the one thing that cuts through the numbness - though the film's so low-key, even emotional revelations...
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60

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Dree Hemingway, daughter of Mariel, commits to some unnecessary nudity, but also impresses with her subtlety.
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50

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
The relationship is the best thing about the film, which otherwise feels hopelessly sad and tawdry.
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Unlikely Relationship

By bartab
Starlet introduces us to Dree Hemingway who plays Jane. She reminded me of a young Melanie Griffith in “Body Double”. The storyline is about the relation between Jane and 85 year old Sadie. Jane...

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Rated NR
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Not for kids Story about doing the right thing has heavy sex and drugs.
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