Starry Starry Night
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When Mei falls in love with Jay, a new transfer student at her school, love at first sight takes hold, providing her first journey into adulthood and what soon becomes her fondest childhood memory. Amongst her parents' divorce and bickering and her grandfather's death, Mei finds solace in Jay even as they begin a perilous journey into the mountainous wilderness to find her grandparents' home. As they venture into the starry, starry night, they get lost in a storm that leads them towards a greater destination.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The cumulative effect is more that of a handsomely crafted museum piece than a moving, emotional journey."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"[Lin] can't make up for the fact that the film wants to say more about the fragility of childhood than it's capable of communicating through its characters and their delicate, perpetually uncertain situations."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Village Voice
"Beautifully photographed and tenderly scored, Starry Starry Night is a coming of age story with fantasy elements that appeal to all pre-teens, whatever their culture"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Mei, a teenage girl, retreats to a fantasy world when her parents announce they are divorcing in a drama with touches of magical realism."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Tom Shu-Yu Lin tackles death, divorce, loneliness and first love with the eye of a painter and the heart of a child."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"A whimsical coming-of-age tale that takes a common theme - growing pains - and transforms it through exquisitely rendered CG effects and a heartfelt storyline."
‑ Anita Li, Toronto Star
"Visually beautiful, magic-tinged Taiwanese fantasy-drama about two disenfranchised teenage school kids...a wall-to-wall charmer."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"A modestly charming bit of whimsy that hopes to speak to anyone who experienced a sense of emotional injustice during their formative years."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"A somewhat clunky family movie about childhood escapism, alternating a little too conveniently between the grim and the adorable."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Swollen with genuine feeling -- an imaginative, emotionally resonant coming-of-age story about two young kindred spirits who seek solace in one another."
‑ Brent Simon, Screen International
"The symbolism is so heavy-handed that the film seems to have anvils for arms"
‑ Inkoo Kang, Boxoffice Magazine
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