Maps to the Stars

Maps to the Stars

Maps to the Stars

David Cronenberg directs Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson and a menacing John Cusack in this multi-narrative dark comedy/satire on Hollywood and its toxic effect. Nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes 2014.

The Weiss family is the archetypal Hollywood dynasty: father Sanford (Cusack) a psychotherapist who has made a fortune with his self-help manuals; mother Christina (Williams) looks after the career of their son Benjie (Evan Bird, TV’s The Killing), a child star and a douche. One of Sanford’s clients, Havana (Moore), is an ageing actress pining for a comeback and whose dead mother - also an actress - haunts her.

Adding to the toxic mix, Benjie has just come off a rehab program he joined when he was nine and his sister, Agatha (Wasikowska), has recently been released from a sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania.

Best Actress (Moore) at Cannes Film Festival 2014
2014Rating: MA15+, Strong themes, violence, sex scenes and coarse language111 minsCanada, USA, France, Germany
Drama
Director:
David Cronenberg ('The Fly', 'Eastern Promises', 'A History of Violence', 'Videodrome')
Writer:
Bruce Wagner
Cast:
Mia WasikowskaJulianne MooreRobert PattinsonJohn CusackCarrie FisherSarah GadonOlivia WilliamsEvan Bird
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Part showbiz sendup, part ghost story, part dysfunctional-family drama, the movie instead comes across as so much jaded mumbo-jumbo.

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Total Film

Total Film

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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.

5.0
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Time Out

Time Out

press

This creepy portrait of Beverly Hills screw-ups is deeply silly, but it has just enough venomous bite

3.0
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The Guardian

The Guardian

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A gripping and exquisitely horrible movie about contemporary Hollywood - positively vivisectional in its sadism and scorn.

4.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Comes off like a prank more than a coherent take on 21st century Hollywood, even if there are crumbs of truth and wit scattered throughout it.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Part showbiz sendup, part ghost story, part dysfunctional-family drama, the movie instead comes across as so much jaded mumbo-jumbo.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

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.

5.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

This creepy portrait of Beverly Hills screw-ups is deeply silly, but it has just enough venomous bite

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A gripping and exquisitely horrible movie about contemporary Hollywood - positively vivisectional in its sadism and scorn.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Comes off like a prank more than a coherent take on 21st century Hollywood, even if there are crumbs of truth and wit scattered throughout it.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

4.0
0

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