Starman (1984)

Having crashed to Earth, an extraterrestrial space traveller must assume a human identity lest he be captured by the authorities. The alien (Jeff Bridges) chooses the likeness of the recently deceased husband of Jenny Hayden (Karen Allen).… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 14, 1984
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: What initially begins as sci-fi transforms into a surprisingly sweet, offbeat drama, courtesy of John Carpenter's careful direction.

Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

Give ample credit to director John Carpenter also for his fluid storytelling.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

The best special effects are in the first five minutes. Thereafter, it's all rather predictable.

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Sergio Benítez

An uncomfortable film, that dodges the happy ending and that, without a doubt, is one of the fundamental milestones in the history of science fiction cinema. [Full Review in Spanish]

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Variety Staff

There is little that is original in Starman, but at least it has chosen good models.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Starman contains the potential to be a very silly movie, but the two actors have so much sympathy for their characters that the movie, advertised as space fiction, turns into one of 1984's more touching love stories.

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm because of the way Allen gazes at Bridges, as if his mystery is her answer.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It isn't pleasant to watch a talented filmmaker like John Carpenter willfully distort his personality to fit a commercial (read Spielbergian) profile, and only the opening suspense-horror sequences have the weight of real involvement.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

In Mr. Bridges' hands [his role] becomes the occasion for a sweetly affecting characterization -- a fine showcase for the actor's blend of grace, precision and seemingly offhanded charm.

Sean Mulvihill

In switching up his stylistic tendencies Carpenter is able to bring more elements of his cinematic brilliance to the forefront than might be noticed in his more sensationalist films.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This is one of John Carpenter's lesser known films, possibly because it's more of a love story than a monster mash. Jeff Bridges plays an alien, who… More
Daniel Mumby
The vast majority of film directors are specialists. They are extremely adept at telling one kind of story, or are good at handling one aspect of production in… More
Kevin M. Williams
John Carpenter's sci-fi looking effort is actually a road trip romance (ala Capra's It Happened One Night) about a guy from somewhere in space getting… More
Graham Jones
The most touching film John Carpenter ever made, a strange love story disguised as science fiction.
Jens S.
What may be John Carpenter's tamest movie of his early works is a rather calm, humorous and touching tale of an alien crash landing on earth and making its… More
Chris Weber
Directing something a little different from his normal fare, this film is one of John Carpenter's best and most interesting that he has ever come up with.… More