Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
Starlet explores the unlikely friendship between 21 year-old Jane (Dree Hemingway) and 85 year-old Sadie (Besedka Johnson), two women whose worlds collide in California's San Fernando Valley. Jane spends her time getting high with her dysfunctional roommates, Melissa (Stella Maeve) and Mikey (James Ransone), while taking care of her Chihuahua, Starlet. Sadie, an elderly widow, passes her days alone tending to her flower garden. After a confrontation between the two women at Sadie's yard sale, Jane uncovers a hidden stash of money inside a relic from Sadie's past. Jane attempts to… More

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Baker effectively juxtaposes two vastly different worlds, though he never makes the case that either is as significant as the gauzy visuals suggest."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Where it counts, "Starlet" ... allows its characters room to maneuver within the potential cliches."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"This modest indie boasts naturalistic direction and a few impressive performances, while the presence of a tiny Chihuahua results in some of the most adorable dog acting since The Artist."
‑ Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor
"Either avoids or transcends nearly every cliché we've come to associate with American independent film."
‑ Michael Nordine, Willamette Week
"When the film has to get into more depth regarding its characters futures and pasts, it falters a bit but there's still a lot to like here."
‑ Brian Tallerico,
"This is confident, engrossing storytelling, and the actors are terrific."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"The film itself deserves praise for its portraits of these two women and the different worlds they inhabit."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...has a sunny SoCal vibe that belies its tawdry milieu"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"No amount of strong acting, however, can entirely compensate for the dramatic conveniences or every shrill appearance by Jane's cartoonishly despicable roommates."
‑ A.A. Dowd, Time Out Chicago
"Hemingway's very good at taking a girl who often seems like an insufferable L.A. stereotype and shading a range of values and feelings that exist somewhere in those thigh-high socks."
‑ Matt Pais, RedEye
"Starlet sneaks up on you."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The plotline is unpromising - young porn actress befriends crotchety old lady - and the setup is underwhelming. But stick with "Starlet," and you'll reap unexpected rewards."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Their friendship goes nowhere you might expect - Sadie doesn't teach Jane any hard-won life lessons, and Jane doesn't try to rekindle Sadie's lost youth. There are no montages here."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
""Starlet" is achingly sad, shrewdly funny, and shockingly honest."
‑ KJ Doughton, Film Threat
"Sean Baker's Starlet almost miraculously transcends this story's cornball trappings, with a minor-key muted humanism and bruised emotions roiling just beneath the surface. It's a hushed marvel of a movie.
‑ Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly
More reviews for Starlet on Rotten Tomatoes