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The Sun Is Also a Star Reviews

February 18, 2020
The pacing can be quick, but overall this film will warm the heart of any hopeless romantic.
May 17, 2019
The sun, the moon, the stars and all sorts of cosmic gobbledygook are thrown into "The Sun is Also a Star," a love story that shows how difficult it is to manufacture fate on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 17, 2019
Although devoid of sophistication and overly dependent on contrivance, the frothy, fizzy giddiness of the love story may win over viewers who are predisposed to enjoy this sort of entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 17, 2019
While time is likely on the side of its leads, their chemistry only goes so far in what feels, finally, like a half-baked movie.
May 16, 2019
It's a tightly wrapped microcosm of many of the conversations driving our political zeitgeist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 16, 2019
Once again, with the odds stacked against them, two extremely attractive people have fallen in love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 16, 2019
We are told again and again that both protagonists have urgent, life-shaping matters to attend to, but-as portrayed on screen-the stakes couldn't feel less consequential. Nor could the circumstances that keep throwing them together feel more contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 16, 2019
Forget physics. These teens need to work on their chemistry.
May 16, 2019
The leads are so lovely and the city is so shimmery that it's hard not to get caught up in its spell-for a while, at least, until its corny coda.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 16, 2019
Under the perfectly paced direction of Ry Russo-Young, Shahidi and Melton develop an easy chemistry on the way toward a satisfying denouement that's neither tear-jerking tragedy nor fairy-tale wish fulfillment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 16, 2019
It's all quite wistfully romantic, and mostly winningly so, despite the sometimes wise-way-beyond-their-years dialogue and not always plausible plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 15, 2019
When you're looking at the world through love-colored glasses, destiny doesn't seem so far-fetched, and Russo-Young offers up a glimpse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 15, 2019
"Sun" unapologetically embraces deep-dish romantic fantasy and unashamedly exults in the most shameless coincidences imaginable. If that sounds noticeably lacking in irony, sarcasm and snark, it's just going to have to be that way.
May 15, 2019
The slacker enchantment of Richard Linklater's "Before" trilogy transplants just fine to Generation Z's Manhattan, with its selfies and laser-lit noraebang parlors.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 15, 2019
They are so appealing - I mean, his last name is Bae, and she never makes a joke about it - that you will totally believe that he is a budding poet and that her thing is astronomy.
May 15, 2019
While "The Sun Is Also a Star" stands out in its YA genre, it certainly doesn't transcend it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 15, 2019
A dull-witted romance that isn't helped by its semi-topical premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 15, 2019
The sparks are few in this labored romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 15, 2019
[Y]ou don't have to be a lovesick adolescent to fall, just a little, for its goofy energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 15, 2019
Every demographic deserves their own ridiculous, wish-fulfilling romance; Sun just trades in too much silliness to ever really shine.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 15, 2019
Although the big-screen adaptation of Nicola Yoon's best-selling young adult novel finds welcome specificity in its world and character building, it never rises above the most generic of platitudes in its central teen love story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 15, 2019
Even by generic standards, The Sun Is Also a Star is simply misbegotten.
May 15, 2019
There's enough of a tenderhearted first-romance fantasy to like, but not to fully love.