The Starling

critic Reviews

, 21% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Burying its talented cast and worthy themes under mounds of heavy-handed melodrama, The Starling is a turkey.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    This bird's not worth watching.
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    Sandra HallSydney Morning Herald
    The dialogue lacks the saltiness that made St. Vincent work so well, and the many pauses in the action allow plenty of opportunity for mawkishness to seep in. While McCarthy is certainly the best thing in it, she does have her limits.
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    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It just doesn't get the mix quite right -- you can get from there to here.
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    Amy NicholsonFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    Everything in this film is a symbol... It feels like a waste.
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    Nina MetzChicago Tribune
    If you're tempted to add it to your queue, McCarthy's open-faced performance is reason enough to give it your time, even if nearly everything surrounding her feels unworthy.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    The Starling has come out the other side an utterly bizarre, tonal misfire that fumbles through several ideas before implying that it's perfectly OK to berate the suicidal for being so suicidal.
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    Jackie K. Cooperjackiekcooper.com
    It is not that Melissa McCarthy makes good movies, it is that she makes average movies.
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    Dustin RowlesPajiba
    The Starling is what would happen if you put a middle-aged Manic Pixie Dream Girl into a brown paper bag with Beaches and a pile of sh*t and stomped on it until your heel was bruised and the pavement below was smeared in unearned tears.
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    Allen AdamsThe Maine Edge
    The Starling has the seeds of a good movie. More than one, maybe. Unfortunately, the way in which this was executed simply doesn't pan out. Had a few things been different, this film might have soared, but here, its wings have been clipped.
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    Sr. Rose PacatteSister Rose at the Movies
    It would have been better if Timothy Olyphant's role could have been more developed and a more developed story would have also upped the complexity -- but I am ok with its simplicity.
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