The Star
The Star (1952)

An actress who once knew the heights of fame is forced to confronts the depths of defeat in this show business drama. Margaret Elliot (Bette Davis) was once one of Hollywood's great stars, but as she edges into her 50's, both her… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 11, 1952
DVD Release Date: June 14, 2005
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Emanuel Levy

Bette Davis received her ninth Oscar nomiation for this formulatic melodrama about a fading, alcoholic movie star, saved by the help of a young actor (Sterling Hayden).

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Christopher Null

The fact that she's a petty has-been that squandered all her money doesn't really endear her to us or make us feel sorry for her plight

Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Nearly washed-up Davis essaying completely washed-up Davis.

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Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine

A threadbare, bargain-basement Sunset Boulevard.

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Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat

The Star is good for that one Saturday night or some kind of gathering among friends...

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William Dunmyer
Bette Davis's 10th Oscar nomination for Best Actress came in 1952 for "The Star," when, incidentally, Joan Crawford was also nominated (for… More
John Ballantine
Bette Davis tries to recapture former glory but ultimately comes up short in this comeback film. Underwhelming.