Maps to the Stars
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With this tale of a secret-filled Hollywood family on the verge of implosion, director David Cronenberg (EASTERN PROMISES, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE) forges both a wicked social satire and a very human ghost story from our celebrity-obsessed culture. Meet the Weiss family, who are making their way in a sun-soaked Southern California rife with money, dreams, fame, envy, angst, yearning - and relentless hauntings. Stafford Weiss (John Cusack) is a famed TV self-help therapist, whose "Hour of Personal Power" has brought him an A-list celebrity clientele. Meanwhile, Cristina Weiss (Olivia… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"So crisply directed, furiously paced and gleefully performed that you go along for the ride."
‑ Jon Frosch, The Atlantic
"Comes off like a prank more than a coherent take on 21st century Hollywood, even if there are crumbs of truth and wit scattered throughout it."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
"It has some of the satirical flavour of Nathanael West's Day Of The Locust and some of the warped, dream-like feel of David Lynch's Mulholland Drive."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"There's a clinical detachment to [the film] ... evident in the soap-opera cinematography, the half-hearted plotting and the contempt with which [Cronenberg] treats his characters."
‑ Nicholas Barber,
"I don't get it. I look at these images in this film, and I can't imagine this is what anyone had in mind."
‑ Drew McWeeny, HitFix
"For a movie that has so many problems, it is one of the more watchable ones."
‑ Jordan Hoffman,
"Part showbiz sendup, part ghost story, part dysfunctional-family drama, the movie instead comes across as so much jaded mumbo-jumbo."
‑ Peter Debruge, Variety
"Jaded Hollywood satire and portentous family melodrama make for a wearisome combination in David Cronenberg's misjudged latest."
‑ Emma Dibdin, Digital Spy
"Cronenberg's film takes place in a kind of pharmaceutically heightened hyper-reality of its own: it's not so much a twisted dream of making it in show-business, as a writhing, hissing, Hollywood waking nightmare."
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"A gripping and exquisitely horrible movie about contemporary Hollywood - positively vivisectional in its sadism and scorn."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"This creepy portrait of Beverly Hills screw-ups is deeply silly, but it has just enough venomous bite"
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Moore delivers the film's most consistently, fascinatingly insecure performance, embodying an entire industry's desperation and determination within the fraying persona of a nearly-there has-been."
‑ William Goss, Film School Rejects
"If Sunset Boulevard, All About Eve and Kenneth Anger's Hollywood Babylon took a bunch of prescription medication...had a three-way and conceived a child, nine months later the child would look something like Map To The Stars."
‑ Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist
"Cronenberg never strays from the big picture of a world not only comprised of destructive impulses, but designed to breed more of them."
‑ Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
"The film doesn't quite get away with its attempt to reconcile satire with pathos, but it comes perilously close."
‑ Lee Marshall, Screen International
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