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A Star is Born (1976)



Critic Consensus: A lack of memorable music, chemistry between its leads, and an overlong runtime prompts this modish iteration of A Star is Born to fizzle out quickly.

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The third remake of the 1932 drama What Price Hollywood?, this adaptation of A Star Is Born moved the story into the mid-1970's and changed the milieu from the movie business to pop music. John Norman Howard (Kris Kristofferson) is a rock star whose career has peaked; he is numbed by booze and cocaine, his music has lost its edge, and his performances have become painfully haphazard. One night, after a concert, he stumbles into a club where he sees a singing group fronted by Esther Hoffman (Barbra Streisand). John likes what he hears and loves what he sees; he tries picking her up, but soon realizes if he wants to see her, he'll have to ask her out on an actual date. He does, and before long the two become involved, although Esther has trouble with John's rock star lifestyle. One night, a typically burned-out John lets Esther sing a few songs at one of his shows; before long she's the talk of the record business. While Esther's star begins to rise, John's continues to sink, and while she desperately tries get John to clean up and focus on his music, it may be too late to save him. The song "Evergreen" earned this film an Academy Award for Best Song; the credits contain the amusing notice, "Ms. Streisand's Clothes from ... Her Closet."

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Barbra Streisand
as Esther Hoffman
Kris Kristofferson
as John Norman Howard
Gary Busey
as Bobbie Ritchie
Oliver Clark
as Gary Danziger
Clyde King
as One of the Oreos
Clydie King
as The Oreo
Marta Heflin
as Quentin
M.G. Kelly
as Bebe Jesus
Sally Kirkland
as Photographer
Tony Orlando
as Himself
Stephen Bruton
as The Speedway
Venetta Fields
as One of the Oreos
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Critic Reviews for A Star is Born

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (9)

A Star is Born rarely stops seeming manufactured; it can't disguise its manipulations or the process of the storytelling. You see the tangled strings, not the puppets.

March 5, 2019 | Full Review…

The trouble with rock 'n' roll in A Star Is Born is that there isn't any. The soundtrack is filled with homogenized harmonics passing for rock, but not a single song is good enough even to be counterfeit.

March 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Barbra Streisand's fantastic singing voice shows to the best advantage her incredible talent. The movie falls short of greatness, but it compares more than favorably not only with the usual concert film but also with the current love stories on film.

October 10, 2018 | Full Review…

The new A Star Is Born has the rare distinction of being a superlative remake.

October 3, 2018 | Full Review…

This version vaunts its modernity by vulgarising everything in sight.

October 3, 2018 | Full Review…
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Barbara Streisand. Is. A Star Is Born. And two-shots have never been so completely arbitrary.

November 28, 2006 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Star is Born


want to see this because it won best comedy or musical picture at the golden globes

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer


Barbra Streisand is bizarrely miscast and has no chemistry whatsoever with Kris Kristofferson, which makes it baffling to see a movie so completely lost about what it is doing, as it can't even realize that its two singing characters would never have the same public in real life.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Very good movie. As always Barbara Streisand has a phonoemenal voice and despite Kris Kristostofferson's hairyness and his drug and alchohol abuse it was a very good movie.

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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