A Star Is Born
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The 1954 musical remake of A Star is Born could have been titled A Star is Reborn, in that it represented the triumphal return to the screen of Judy Garland after a four-year absence. The remake adheres closely to the plotline of the 1937 original: An alcoholic film star, on his last professional legs, gives a career boost to a unknown aspiring actress. The two marry, whereupon her fame and fortune rises while his spirals sharply downward. Unable to accept this, the male star crawls deeper into the bottle. The wife tearfully decides to give up her own career to care for her husband. To spare… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"When A Star is Born works, though, it's painful for the right reasons."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"The film remains timely for the themes of fame and success it explores with such great scope and emotion"
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"I can't say the songs add much to the story line, but they are entertaining taken on their own."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"A classic! Garland at her best ever. Make sure you see the restored version."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"Garland está excepcional - especialmente na cena em que diz como um de seus novos filmes vai ser e 'improvisa' um número em sua sala. Mason está corretamente trágico."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Not being a fan of the movie musical, I got bored with the production numbers."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"[The] musical numbers are impressive, but I was far more amazed by some of the simpler moments..."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Judy Garland, for all her personal problems, shows on the screen why she's a star."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It is, at the very least, a successful showstopper of a musical (even if some of the musical numbers are pretty generic). At the very most, it is a commendable condemnation of the humiliating effects of Hollywood on some of the stars it creates."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Apollo Guide
"The Hollywood musical at its finest. Mason and Garland are phenomenal."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"George Cukor's musical drama, the second version of Star Is Born, is his masterpiece, an emotionally touching tale in which Judy Garland renders her most impressive performance as dramatic actress."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A Star is Born totally lives up to its reputation. The performances are great, and the story is the sort that completely sucks you in."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Visually brilliant."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Overrated and overlong remake of the superior 1937 version."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A Star is Born is the superb 1954 musical, acclaimed by many as the greatest Hollywood musical ever made. Judy Garland's intense performance as the main"
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
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