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Having crashed to Earth, an extraterrestrial space traveller must assume a human identity lest he be captured by the authorities. The alien (Jeff Bridges) chooses the likeness of the recently deceased husband of Jenny Hayden (Karen Allen). At first dumbstruck, Jenny becomes both hostile toward and frightened of her guest. He gradually wins her confidence, learning a few vital English-language phrases so that he can explain his presence. The "starman" has come to Earth with a message of peace, in response to the similar message sent out on Voyager One. He asks for Jenny's help in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There is little that is original in Starman, but at least it has chosen good models."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Starman contains the potential to be a very silly movie, but the two actors have so much sympathy for their characters that the movie, advertised as space fiction, turns into one of 1984's more touching love stories."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Bridges' portrayal of Starman can be as hard to take as the lapses in logic."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Carpenter is a master of framing for widescreen, and Starman is certainly a forum for him to show off his prowess behind the lens."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"One of John Carpenter's best films."
‑ Christopher Null,
"It isn't pleasant to watch a talented filmmaker like John Carpenter willfully distort his personality to fit a commercial (read Spielbergian) profile, and only the opening suspense-horror sequences have the weight of real involvement."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"In Mr. Bridges' hands [his role] becomes the occasion for a sweetly affecting characterization -- a fine showcase for the actor's blend of grace, precision and seemingly offhanded charm."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"An enjoyable film filled with the kind of sensitivity, love, and humor seldom seen on today's screens."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"As science fiction, it's decent enough, but it finds its real power as a weird, offbeat romance. Bridges has rarely been better."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Sweet, smart and wonderfully acted."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
"The best special effects are in the first five minutes. Thereafter, it's all rather predictable."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Jeff Bridges as appealing alien; best for teens."
‑ Randy White, Common Sense Media
"Early Jeff Bridges starrer is fun sci-fi."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Provides an opportunity for us to look afresh at ourselves and to ponder what it means to be children of the Universe."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Starman is more of a love story than a sci-fi movie. Take your girlfriend."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
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