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?
 
Netflix Movie Review: The Starling is so slushily sentimental it makes the typical tearjerker look like a noir
While the Covid-19 epidemic continues, Melissa McCarthy has already released a film this year, Thunder Force (which was reviewed for review ... was not so good). Now he's back on the big screen, this time on the comedy The Starling before the movie ends up on Netflix. In it, he joins Chris O’Dowd, Kevin Kline, Timothy Olyphant, Daveed Diggs, Skyler Gisondo, Laura Harrier, and Loretta Devine. The play portrays McCarthy and O’Dowd as Lilly and Jack, a married couple who have lost a child, leading to Jack heading up to face his grief while Lilly lives in the “real” world, facing his case. As if Lilly's problems weren't enough, the star began to harass her and began to worry about trying to kill her. The movie was directed by Theodore Melif (Hidden Values) and directed by Matt Harris.


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: