Maps to the Stars Review [WATCH VIDEO]

By Hannah Aven Guarin | 2 years ago
Maps to the Stars Review [WATCH VIDEO]

“Maps to the Stars” is a film directed by David Cronenberg from the screenplay of Bruce Wagner. The film focused on the showbusiness culture, that is, Hollywood. The cast members include: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, Dawn Greenhalgh, Niamh Wilson, Evan Bird, Olivia Williams and Sarah Gadon. “Maps to the Stars” opens in theaters on Sept. 27, 2014. Read on to learn more about the film’s synopsis, including reviews from top critics.

“Maps to the Stars” Synopsis:


Havana Segrand (Moore) is the daughter of the actress Clarice Taggart (Gadon). She is a C-lister and is dying to land the role of her mom in an indie remake.

Meet Agatha (Wasikowska), who claims she was from Jupiter, the daughter of the self-help guru Dr. Stafford Weiss (Cusack) and stage mom Cristina (Williams). Her brother, Benjie (Bird) is enjoying the limelight as a young actor, while his mom manages his career.

Havana is a client of Dr. Stafford. She is being hunted with the visions of her mom. Meanwhile, she has a driver named Jeremy (Pattinson), who Agatha is befriending. Jeremy too dreams of making it big in Hollywood.

“Maps to the Stars” Review:

As of this writing, the film scored 50 percent in Rotten Tomatoes and 71 percent on Metacritic.

Jordan Hoffman of gave the film a seven. He then mentioned in his review that Cronenberg’s work may have not led into a satisfying destination, but the journey was noteworthy.

“For a movie that has so many problems, it is one of the more watchable ones. When the character meant (possibly) to be the Cronenberg stand-in sighs and admits that ‘people are going to be upset,’ it’s hard not to give this entire endeavor the benefit of the doubt,” wrote Hoffman in

Meanwhile, Drew McWeeny of HitFix stated that, referring to Cronenberg,  “Maps to the Stars” was not that awful, but it was disappointing.

“The films of his that I love, which is the majority of them, are genuinely important and in many ways, I feel like film has had to catch up to him. What a shame, then, that once it did, he seems to have run out of things to say,” added McWeeny in his review in HitFix.


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There you have it for the synopsis and review of “Maps to the Stars.” It opens in theaters on Sept. 27, 2014. Follow Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates on upcoming films.

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