Stardust Memories
Stardust Memories (1980)

Loosely based on Fellini's 8 1/2, this Woody Allen film focuses on filmmaker Sandy Bates, who is currently suffering from a major creative block. The film follows Sandy as he attends a weekend retrospective of his films, where he is… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: September 26, 1980
DVD Release Date: July 5, 2000
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Though there are laughs along the way, this is a truly mean-spirited picture.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It's the first Woody Allen film in which impotence has become the situation rather than the problem. This is a movie about a guy who has given up.

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Emanuel Levy

Woody Allen pays tribute to Fellini's seminal 81/2 in this stylized, self-reflexive, often irritating feature.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

With its blunt, artless angst, the picture leaves you feeling depleted, squashed.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Invokes the mood of an early Fellini film as it swirls through the troubled recollections of a film director, played by Mr. Allen.


Allen never seemed more indulgent, posturing, or physically repulsive -- and yet all the film's many strengths lie in its anatomisation of this nasty display.

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Time Out

One long cry of anguish about the price of fame comes perilously close to self-pity. And self-abuse.

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Dan Jardine

Woody Allen's altar is the art of filmmaking, and Stardust Memories is his crisis of faith.

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TV Guide

A disappointing outing, despite its many laughs and inside jokes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Sandy Bates: You can't control life. It doesn't wind up perfectly. Only-only art you can control. Art and masturbation. Two areas in which I am an… More
Jennifer Xu
Sorry, but I fell asleep. It reminded me of 8 1/2 but in the end I was forced to admit I like his "older, funnier films" better myself.
Ken Stachnik
Dear Mr. Allen, Your film is famous for it's quote "I don't want to make funny movies anymore. I look around and all I see is human… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
The right balance between the wacky old Woody and the more serious one.
Rubia Carolina
Some scenes/shots remind me of Fellini. Some, of Bergman. The typical (and great) Woody Allenīs "philoshopical comedy". One of his best films. And a… More
Joey Shapiro
The story is a little weak and not all the jokes hit the mark, but there are just enough witty lines and great laughs to make Stardust Memories a trip worth… More

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