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To the Stars (2020)



Critic Consensus: Its reach may occasionally exceed its grasp, but To the Stars uses its period setting as an effective backdrop for an insightful look at female friendship.

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In a god-fearing small town in 1960s Oklahoma, bespectacled and reclusive teen Iris endures the booze-induced antics of her mother and daily doses of bullying from her classmates. She finds solace in Maggie, the charismatic and enigmatic new girl at school, who hones in on Iris's untapped potential and coaxes her out of her shell. When Maggie's mysterious past can no longer be suppressed, the tiny community is thrown into a state of panic, leaving Maggie to take potentially drastic measures and inciting Iris to stand up for her friend and herself.

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Malin Akerman
as Grace Richmond
Shea Whigham
as Hank Deerborne
Liana Liberato
as Maggie Richmond
Jordana Spiro
as Francie Deerborne
Kara Hayward
as Iris Deerborne
Adelaide Clemens
as Hazel Atkins
Madisen Beaty
as Clarissa Dell
Lucas Jade Zumann
as Jeff Owings
Natalie Canerday
as Ms. Turnbull
J.D. Evermore
as Len McCoy
Tina Parker
as Edith McCoy
Farah White
as Barbara Dell
Sophi Bairley
as Hattie McCoy
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Critic Reviews for To the Stars

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (14)

Director Martha Stephens skillfully evokes the pettiness and unspoken longing of small town life and gets wonderfully natural performances from her young actors.

November 22, 2021 | Full Review…

The period trappings - which must have cost a bomb - are lush and smartly deployed without being heavy-handed, and the two young leads are very watchable.

May 27, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

There's a grit and urgency to "To the Stars," of something bigger and darker coming along with the changing times.

April 27, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

To the Stars seems downcast, at first glance, but it serves as a gentle, lovely reminder that one true friendship, even forged amid adversity, can be enough to keep you looking skyward.

April 27, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

There is ... an undeniable earnestness to this modest period effort that prioritizes misunderstood women and female friendships.

April 24, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

In some hands, that would be intriguing. Here, however, it's just lukewarm.

April 23, 2020 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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