A Star is Born
A Star is Born (1976)

The third remake of the 1932 drama What Price Hollywood?, this adaptation of A Star Is Born moved the story into the mid-1970's and changed the milieu from the movie business to pop music. John Norman Howard (Kris Kristofferson) is a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 17, 1976
DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

A dreary and bloated production that can't sustain its 140-minute running time (the 1954 version is even longer at 176 minutes, but it feels like a live-action short when compared to this one).

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

Ms. Streisand has a great voice and a great stage presence, and she has made a number of good films in her career. For me, A Star Is Born is not one of them.

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Don Willmott

hopelessly stuck in the bell-bottomed clichés of the '70s... hasn't aged well and isn't much fun to watch

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

While in its romantic and romanticized particulars, this A Star Is Born can often seem silly, hoary, disjointed or meandering, the essence of the showbiz narrative still exerts a powerful pull... [Blu-ray]

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

Barbara Streisand. Is. A Star Is Born. And two-shots have never been so completely arbitrary.

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Ken Hanke
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Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine

The slow-burn melodramatic love story takes a while to get where it's going, but Streisand's star power is in full effect and Kristofferson is deliciously bitter enough to keep things watchable.

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Emanuel Levy

An ego project for Streisand and then companion Jon Peters, or a director (Frank Pearson), who can't handle his leading lady. Either way: This remake, marred by a fake, overly sentimental ending, is only worth seeing for Streisand's singing.

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Ed Gonzalez
Apollo Guide

This is supposed to be an attack on Hollywood, but it seems that Cukor has tunnel vision.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Cassie Hill
Very good movie. As always Barbara Streisand has a phonoemenal voice and despite Kris Kristostofferson's hairyness and his drug and alchohol abuse it was… More
Cameron Johnson
Yeah, the music in George Cukor's 1954 version was really good and all, but forget all of that Judy Garland big band band bull, because we're talking… More
jay nixon
Barbra sings like an angel but this is a crass vulgar shadow of the classic Judy version. Stick with that one
Alec Barniskis
I appreciate the attempt to make something that's truly different that the other two, but it doesn't really work. The Garland one is often a shameless… More
John Ballantine
After one remake, they decided to redo A Star is Born for a second time in the seventies and ended up with crud. Utterly barfy.
Erin Collins
Very good story, but the ending was so sad!