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Musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) discovers struggling artist Ally (Gaga) just in time since she is close to giving up on her dream to become a singer. Jackson coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally's career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.
Drama Musical Romantic - This music-driven romantic drama is the fourth version of the story
previously made in 1937, 1954, and 1976. Fans of the top billed
stars, Bradley Cooper, who also directs, and Lady Gaga, in her first
film, will have plenty to enjoy here both in terms of their acting
and music. Other familiar faces such as Sam Elliott and especially
Dave Chappelle, have only very small roles. Substance abuse,
language, and sexual content make the film not for kids.
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words, 15 S-words; 3 GD's; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Sex and unrelated nudity. VIOLENCE: Hits and pushes. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, pills. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Some comic lines and exchanges.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Cooper directs with a sure hand, never overextending himself, and Lady Gaga proves to be a natural performer (she's more believable in the role than Barbra Streisand was 42 years ago). She and Cooper exhibit a strong, primal chemistry. The movie works because we believe in them and have a rooting interest in their star-crossed, doomed love affair.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good 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. It's in their eyes. There's an unforced chemistry between Cooper and Lady Gaga that makes these characters easy to root for...
NY PostFull Review Excellent Gaga proves her acting chops by trading in flash for humanity. Most thrilling are the stage sequences. Cooper often films Ally's thousands of screaming fans from her point of view — putting us in her lucky shoes for a minute. It's that feeling of exhilaration that makes "A Star Is Born” the best film of the year so far.
Rolling StoneFull Review Very Good ...the actor-turned- director's defiantly fresh approach allows A Star Is Born to emerge as a skyrocket of soul-stirring music, drama and heartbreak. Cooper and Gaga knock it out of the park. By the time the end credits roll, you realize that, in fact, two stars have been born.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 109 moviegoers:
TEENS: The one male and two females all loved "A Star is Born."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: One male loved it and two enjoyed it very much. Three females loved it with two more indicating that they enjoyed "A Star is Born" very much. One rated it "good/average," which indicates an enjoyable movie but nothing special or memorable.
ADULTS: Great reviews from most adults. About 65% of the males and 70% of the females indicated that they loved "A Star is Born." Another 10% of the males and 25% of the females enjoyed this movie very much. Only a tiny percentage of the ladies rated it "good/average," but 20% of the guys gave it this good but not great review.