Netflix Movie Review: The Starling is so slushily sentimental it makes the typical tearjerker look like a noir
The comedy-drama flick will be limited to tomorrow, September 17, and will be available on Netflix next Friday, September 24. Why not look?
While our review has not yet been released, the critical response seems brutal so far. Caryn James from The Hollywood Reporter thought McCarthy, O'Dowd, and Kline deserved a better way than this "misfire". James has criticized everything from the horrible script, the soft and predictable story, to the multitude of cliches. He also pointed out that there are too many misused characters, giving Diggs and Olyphant as examples. In all, James said:
With predictable guesses and unpredictable guesses, The Starling has a lot of ingenuity that makes a typical tearjerker look like a noir. Although it is played with a stay from its three high-end stars, this heartfelt game effort is not hopelessly mathematically.
Elizabeth Weitzman of The Wrap also criticized Harris's "shallow" text. He thought O'Dowd was very good at bringing his character's feelings while the conversations were very strained, but he realized that all the other characters did their best, as they had the worst writing they could go through. Weitzman also commented on the negative metaphors and the most common feature of The Starling, noting all:
Viewers may be surprised to find out that they once had a movie that I felt so much at home on the Hallmark channel.
You see, I told you that critics were picking this movie out. Peter Bradshaw from The Guardian considers The Starling to be a total waste of everyone's time. He criticized outsiders who could be misused like Olyphant, a comment we saw above. He was also disappointed by the obvious metaphors and lack of understanding in the area, noting in full: