Unhook the Stars
Unhook the Stars (1996)

After her daughter leaves over an argument, Mildred is left alone. But Mildred's neighbor Monica asks her to baby-sit her son, and Mildred becomes the boy's second mother. When Monica's husband comes back, Mildred is once again… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 1, 1996
DVD Release Date: December 9, 2003
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

Nick Cassavetes' first feature celebrates the acting grandeur of his mom Gena Rowlands, casting her in the lead role as a older woman who would rather stick to her independent lifestyle than be dependent on her kids; I wish the script were better.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

A tender and perceptive psychological portrait ...

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Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Cassavetes' film reveals that he has a sharp eye for human nature.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A sensitive, honest, touching study of the seemingly limited options faced by a woman whose age belies her energy, enthusiasm and ability to enjoy herself whenever the opportunity presents itself.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

Rowlands infuses Mildred's interior life with a complexity that isn't always apparent from her somewhat chilly, bland exterior.

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Brandon Judell
Detour Magazine

a performance-driven picture--and what driving.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

The impressive acting can cover up only so many glaring holes in a film that doesn't really know what it wants to say.

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USA Today

The movie is likable and sympathetic but probably too muted to compel much damn-the -torpedoing to the multiplex.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Charts the transformation of a middle-class suburban widow.

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John Ballantine
Nick Cassavetes does his father no disservice with this film anchored by his mother Gena Rowlands and Marisa Tomei. Nicely done.