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Maps to the Stars (18)


A tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.

The critical consensus

What are we left with by the satire’s end? Nothing but a few good jokes.

**(*)(*)(*)Kristian Doyle, The Skinny, 22/09/2014

The Canadian horror maestro scrapes away the surface of Hollywood to discover a magnificently Cronenbergian outbreak of tortured families, reprehensible behaviour and extreme violence.

****(*)Ian Nathan, Empire Online, 22/09/2014

David Cronenberg’s underwhelming, and eventually exasperating Hollywood satire.

**(*)(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 21/09/2014

The dialogue bites and scratches and there is the sting of something like the truth in certain situations, but as the clunky plot laboriously joins the dots towards a melodramatic finale it all feels desperately obvious and not a little silly.

**(*)(*)(*)Allan Hunter, The List, 22/09/2014

A script written in venom, Cronenberg on bullish form and a cast on full power; this is one of the best Hollywood take-downs ever mounted.

*****James Mottram, Total Film, 26/09/2014

This ethereal Greek tragedy is the West Coast cousin of Cosmopolis.

****(*)Violet Lucca, Little White Lies, 24/09/2014

Julianne Moore makes the most impression as a self-obsessed actress whose mother was a much more famous actress but the character’s tiresomely one-note (two if you include the noises she produces when on the toilet). Re-watch Robert Altman’s The Player instead.

**(*)(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 25/09/2014

It is a brilliant Jacobean nightmare; the kind of thing John Webster might write if he was living in the 21st century.

*****Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 25/09/2014

A towering performance by Julianne Moore drives the Canadian director’s study of the terrors of Tinseltown.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 28/09/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Friday October 17, 2014, until Thursday October 23, 2014. More info:

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