Starman
Starman (1984)

An extraterrestrial crashes to Earth and, to disguise himself, assumes the likeness of a woman's recently deceased husband in this science-fiction drama. The kindly, intelligent alien seeks help from the understandably stunned woman in… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 6, 2001
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80%
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: What initially begins as sci-fi transforms into a surprisingly sweet, offbeat drama, courtesy of John Carpenter's careful direction.

Variety Staff
Variety

There is little that is original in Starman, but at least it has chosen good models.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Randy White
Common Sense Media

Jeff Bridges as appealing alien; best for teens.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Bridges' portrayal of Starman can be as hard to take as the lapses in logic.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

The best special effects are in the first five minutes. Thereafter, it's all rather predictable.

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Rob Vaux
Mania.com

We see a sweet side to the director that never appeared anywhere else: an emotional palate that he rarely indulged in, but which he handles with surprising grace and subtlety.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

An enjoyable film filled with the kind of sensitivity, love, and humor seldom seen on today's screens.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This is one of John Carpenter's lesser known films, possibly because it's more of a love story than a monster mash. Jeff Bridges plays an alien, who… More
Daniel Mumby
The vast majority of film directors are specialists. They are extremely adept at telling one kind of story, or are good at handling one aspect of production in… More
Apeneck Fletcher
John Carpenter's sci-fi looking effort is actually a road trip romance (ala Capra's It Happened One Night) about a guy from somewhere in space getting… More
Graham Jones
The most touching film John Carpenter ever made, a strange love story disguised as science fiction.
Jens S.
What may be John Carpenter's tamest movie of his early works is a rather calm, humorous and touching tale of an alien crash landing on earth and making its… More
Chris Weber
Directing something a little different from his normal fare, this film is one of John Carpenter's best and most interesting that he has ever come up with.… More

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