Third Star
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BAFTA-winning short filmmaker Hattie Dalton makes an auspicious feature debut with this poignant but still screamingly funny paean to making the most of life while you still can. James invites his three closest friends to join him on a road trip to his favourite place in the world. Like many an impulsive group holiday, however, the undertaking proves fraught with practical difficulties, surreal encounters and emotionally ravaging revelations... With a vibrant, witty and insightful script by Vaughan Sivell, and a quartet of excellent lead performances from the UK's finest young actors, this… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

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"As road trips go, this one travels far and travels well."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Dalton, a Bafta-winning short filmmaker, ensures everything looks pleasant and polished enough, but there's very little here that stands out."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"This beautifully shot and finely acted drama will struggle to find an audience simply because its subject matter is ultimately so dark"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Dalton's first feature doesn't quite reach the philosophical depths she appears to be aiming for, but Cumberbatch keeps sentimentality at bay, and the ending is almost unbearably poignant."
‑ Marc Lee, Daily Telegraph
"Impressively directed and sharply written, this is a powerfully emotional British drama with superb performances from all four leads."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"The script is too full of events and outbursts for it truly to convince, but the actors bring charm to the film and director Hattie Dalton has a pleasingly light touch."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Rather familiar and predictable, though not dislikable."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"It's an hour-and a-half of nothing."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"A film that many will find more morbid than melancholy."
‑ Damon Wise, Radio Times
"Hattie Dalton's direction is sensitive but ponderous, making our own third star more than slightly grudging."
‑ Neil Smith, Total Film
"Underneath Third Star's classy cladding, which camouflages its maudlin streak and conventional melodramatic underpinnings, there lies a TV movie first and last."
‑ Kate Stables, Sight and Sound
"All of this feels a little too pat and obvious until we edge towards a lump-in-the-throat finale with an emotional wallop absent from the predictability of the previous scenes."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"The characters aren't particularly likable or clever, but their chemistry is convincing and it's well performed."
‑ Phelim O'Neill, Guardian
"Cumberbatch always seems to act as though he already has the letters OBE after his name."
‑ Antonia Quirke, Financial Times
"Even a talented cast struggle to convince in this tough sell of a film."
‑ Anna Smith, Empire Magazine
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