A Star Is Born Reviews

October 18, 2018
Somehow, though, the bloat is almost appropriate in a story about excesses, and the devastating pitfalls of fame. "A Star is Born" portrays both poignantly, movingly, well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 18, 2018
It's heartfelt, well-paced, and gut-wrenchingly tragic, with the gorgeous music and two main characters taking centre stage by grabbing hold of the audience's emotion until the very last second.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 10, 2018
The chemistry between them is palpable and impressive, especially considering this is Gaga's first major acting gig-a fact I kept forgetting, remembering, and being amazed by throughout the film.
October 8, 2018
The problem is whenever Cooper turns the film away from his best asset (Gaga) and into a vanity production.
October 8, 2018
What Cooper persuasively depicts is the fear factor of stardom-the sense of vulnerability, of a position that's both powerful and fragile.
October 5, 2018
This movie has everything: a swept-off-your-feet romantic fantasy, an underdog-makes-good journey, a wrenching substance abuse drama, and an industry cautionary tale combined.
Top Critic
October 5, 2018
Melodrama gets a bad rap sometimes.
October 5, 2018
There's real vitality in Cooper's direction in the early passages, and, in the performances of the costars, an understanding of the ravages of romance that justifies putting ourselves through the paces of this sad story yet again.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 5, 2018
I believed Bradley Cooper was a man who writes Soundgarden songs but dresses like Sturgill Simpson. I believed Lady Gaga was Joe Biden's daughter. I never wanted it to end.
October 5, 2018
It's the love story for our time. It's an instant cult classic. It's everything a tasteful move should not be, and yet it's an undeniable success.
Top Critic
October 5, 2018
The high-voltage ghost of Judy Garland haunts every frame and illuminates every shadow in the film, and Lady Gaga seems to know it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 5, 2018
If 2011's The Artist was an homage, this is more of a burlesque, a hot mess of a movie that takes its dramatic cues from the camp excesses of the drag queens among whom our hammered hero finds the lucky Lady.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
October 4, 2018
"A Star is Born" isn't perfect, but what Cooper and Gaga are able to do with the tale make it a delicate love story and triumphant tribute to the artistic spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 4, 2018
Cooper has managed to do the impossible. He's put together an instant movie classic that will have audiences falling in love with his brand new creation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 4, 2018
It's Cooper's first time as director and Gaga's first major movie role, but you'd never guess it from the skill and passion they bring to the project.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 4, 2018
In A Star Is Born, love hurts. But it's labor that breaks your heart.
October 4, 2018
When you go into seeing A Star Is Born, one thing is always clear: You're in for great music and a broken heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 4, 2018
For Cooper, it's a polished directorial debut. For Gaga, it's as comfortable a bridge from pop stardom into the movie world as one could imagine. As duets go, that's the sort of combined star power that's difficult to beat.
October 4, 2018
The role of Ally is so meta as to cast doubt on whether Lady Gaga can play other kinds of parts; the performance is so galvanizing that you don't remotely care.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 4, 2018
It feels somehow compact despite its sprawling two-hour-and-15-minute size, with nary a scene or frame wasted as it builds to its inexorable yet heart-shattering finale.
October 3, 2018
Like its finest antecedents, it wrings tears from its romance and thrills from a steadfast belief in old-fashioned, big-feeling cinema. That it's also a perverse fantasy about men, women, love and sacrifice makes it all the better.
October 3, 2018
This is the best Star Is Born yet, and one of the best movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 3, 2018
A Star Is Born, is simply terrific -- a big-scale cinematic delight that will have the masses singing, swooning and sobbing along with it.
October 3, 2018
First-time director Cooper and co-star Gaga make beautiful music together in this glossy update of a Hollywood classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 2, 2018
Even the most hard-hearted and cynical viewer is likely to have an emotional reaction, and this is as much a testimony to the way Cooper tells the tale as to the story itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 2, 2018
A blockbuster romance that looks and feels like an indie film, all in service of an expression of pure love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 2, 2018
Somehow, Cooper has made a Hollywood fairy tale seem utterly believable and magical at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 2, 2018
Cooper, in his directing debut, puts us inside the music and the drama and lets it swirl around us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 2, 2018
Passionate, emotional and fearless, the gangbusters "A Star Is Born" is poised to become the movie of the moment - the one everyone has to see right now.
October 1, 2018
By dumping the usual Hollywood bull for something that feels raw, scrappy and lived in, Cooper and Gaga knock it out of the park. Their movie, one of the year's very best, is a modern musical classic. The Oscar race is officially on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 1, 2018
The film feels fresh from thunderous start to exquisite finish.
October 1, 2018
Lady Gaga has traveled by egg, donned skirt steak and taken part in a TV blood orgy. But her biggest transformation occurs in the new film "A Star Is Born." In it, she becomes an Oscar-worthy actress.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 1, 2018
I just loved it. It's a film that combines an overall feeling of modernity and relevance with the glow of old-time glamour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 1, 2018
With their phenomenal "A Star Is Born," Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper upend expectations and spectacularly freshen up a stock Hollywood story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 1, 2018
The result is pure Saturday-night moviegoing: it gives you one hell of a wallop, then you wake up on Sunday morning without a scratch.
September 25, 2018
"A Star is Born" offers a suitably jaundiced glimpse of starmaking machinery at its most cynical, but also its most thrilling and gratifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
September 12, 2018
Gaga keeps the film's heart pumping. She's down-to-Earth and radiant-in other words, every bit as good as everyone has been saying.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 12, 2018
Lady Gaga triumphs as a young woman averse to artifice and fame-hounding. The movie is a hell of a magic act.
September 10, 2018
Their chemistry is undeniable, their duets infectious and moving the action into the contemporary music scene, where Ally is rapidly reconfigured as a sequin-studded red head flanked by unnecessary dancers, strikes a long line of emotional notes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 10, 2018
An invigorating paean to the joys of making art, the momentum that comes with sudden inspiration, and how swooningly romantic it can all feel.
September 9, 2018
It's remarkable... just how many fresh reserves of emotion Cooper teases out of a well-worn formula.
September 8, 2018
This story has been told several times before-and influenced other similar romances-but Cooper and Gaga find a way to make this feel fresh and new.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 8, 2018
Gaga's easy, offhanded command of the screen matches up well with Cooper's sincere, straight-ahead portrayal of a good man undermining his own talent.
September 2, 2018
What keeps the film from feeling like a mere rehash is the gut-level romanticism of it all.
August 31, 2018
Calling the new A Star Is Born a "valentine" from its star, Lady Gaga, to her fans sounds a bit coy and delicate, so let's call it what it really is: a hot French kiss (with full-on tongue), filled with passion, tears and a staggering amount of chutzpah.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 31, 2018
Credit to Cooper for delivering his best, most soulful performance while pulling double duty behind the camera, but it's his co-star whose magnetism most draws you into their world - and keeps you there even when the film hits the occasional wrong note.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 31, 2018
A Star Is Born tries very, very hard to be the most emotional movie of 2018. I'm not convinced it wins on that front, but I can say it gets the prize for most hysterical melodrama. Take it as a compliment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 31, 2018
Star is less a story now than a myth - not so much reborn as recast, and passed on to the care of the next generation.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 31, 2018
Cooper and Lady Gaga are dynamite together; this is a story that lives and dies by the central relationship and the instant chemistry that must blossom between them, and these two have it in spades.
August 31, 2018
You come away feeling something for these people, flawed individuals who are trying to hold their cracked pieces of self together-or to mend the cracks of those they love.
August 31, 2018
This is a durable tale of romance, heady fame and crushing tragedy, retold for a new generation with heart and grit.
August 31, 2018
"A Star Is Born" is that thing we always yearn for but so rarely get to see: a transcendent Hollywood movie.
August 31, 2018
An example of Big Movie Studio Craft at its most well-thought out; among the many contingents of moviegoers it will please will be the 'they don't make 'em like that anymore' crowd.