A Star is Born
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The third remake of the 1932 drama What Price Hollywood?, this adaptation of A Star Is Born moved the story into the mid-1970's and changed the milieu from the movie business to pop music. John Norman Howard (Kris Kristofferson) is a rock star whose career has peaked; he is numbed by booze and cocaine, his music has lost its edge, and his performances have become painfully haphazard. One night, after a concert, he stumbles into a club where he sees a singing group fronted by Esther Hoffman (Barbra Streisand). John likes what he hears and loves what he sees; he tries picking her up, but… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

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"A dreary and bloated production that can't sustain its 140-minute running time (the 1954 version is even longer at 176 minutes, but it feels like a live-action short when compared to this one)."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Ms. Streisand has a great voice and a great stage presence, and she has made a number of good films in her career. For me, A Star Is Born is not one of them."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"hopelessly stuck in the bell-bottomed clichés of the '70s... hasn't aged well and isn't much fun to watch"
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"While in its romantic and romanticized particulars, this A Star Is Born can often seem silly, hoary, disjointed or meandering, the essence of the showbiz narrative still exerts a powerful pull... [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Barbara Streisand. Is. A Star Is Born. And two-shots have never been so completely arbitrary."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Why?"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The slow-burn melodramatic love story takes a while to get where it's going, but Streisand's star power is in full effect and Kristofferson is deliciously bitter enough to keep things watchable."
‑ Phil Villarreal, OK! Magazine
"An ego project for Streisand and then companion Jon Peters, or a director (Frank Pearson), who can't handle his leading lady. Either way: This remake, marred by a fake, overly sentimental ending, is only worth seeing for Streisand's singing."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This is supposed to be an attack on Hollywood, but it seems that Cukor has tunnel vision."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Apollo Guide
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