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3.3
2,650 Ratings

Maps to the Stars

Directed by David Cronenberg
Canada, United States, 2014
Drama

Synopsis

The arrival of a girl who covers up her body to hide her burns rocks the lives of the eccentric Weiss family: father Stafford is an analyst and coach, who has made a fortune with his self-help manuals; mother Cristina mostly looks after the career of their son Benjie, 13, a child star.

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Maps to the Stars Directed by David Cronenberg

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2014 | 2 wins including: Best Actress

Golden Globes (USA)

2015 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

London Critics Circle Film Awards

2015 | Winner: Actress of the Year

A picture that is almost certifiably insane can confuse viewers — is the nut factor glossing over what might be wrong with it? No. Because, would I want it any other way? Of course not. Hollywood satires or explications seem only to work when the director removes the safety harness and dares to be impressionistic, ghoulish, batshit crazy (Sunset Blvd. and Barton Fink are prime examples) and Cronenberg (adapted by Bruce Wagner from his brilliant novel) goes there.
December 31, 2015
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As collaborators, David Cronenberg and Bruce Wagner seem naturally suited; they share a rare ability to combine bleakness with humor… To say that Wagner deglamorizes the movie business is like saying that Upton Sinclair de-glamorized the meat-packing industry, and the medium of film allows Wagner to make his audience visualize (instead of merely imagine) the hallucinations that plague his characters.
April 07, 2015
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MAPS TO THE STARS is a consistently surprising, meticulously observed film, poignant at times, often hilarious… Missteps include an abundance of extraneous ghost sightings and a Greek tragic structure that is either not fleshed out enough or completely unnecessary. But overall, another important work from one of the greats.
March 06, 2015
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