(2014)

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Metascore

Based on 6 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
83
Horror fans should keep their eyes on the filmmakers — and Essoe, who gives a star-making performance.
75
As gory as it is corrosively cynical, a supernatural mood piece that's equally influenced by the arthouse horror movies of David Lynch and Roman Polanski, and the grindhouse-ready Satanic Panic films of the '70s, like "To the Devil a Daughter," and "The Devil Rides out."
50
Village Voice
The film is far less successful once it delves into body horror that makes Sarah's transformation as ghoulishly physical as it is mental.
40
The Dissolve
Spelling everything out is never recommended, but for a horror movie, in particular, it’s death.
40
The degeneration into familiar genre tropes reduces the impact of the wittily satirical set-up, with the result that Starry Eyes fails to live up to its initial promise. But the film indicates genuine talent on the part of its directors/screenwriters, who infuse the proceedings with a dark, gothic creepiness that is further enhanced by Jonathan Snipes' retro, synthesizer-infused score reminiscent of John Carpenter.
30
A pretty young actress. A casting call. A private meeting with the lecherous man who has the power to give her the role. Starry Eyes tries to wring a horror movie out of this tired old setup but, halfway in, seems to realize it has nothing new to offer and becomes a mere gorefest.

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