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Worst: It looks like a TV movie
We're starting to learn that d.p. Ben Richardson may just be as good as the director he's partnering with. Since winning cinematography honors from Sundance and the Independent Spirit Awards for "Beasts of the Southern Wild" he's shot two Joe Swanberg movies ("Drinking Buddies," "Happy Christmas") that have no hint of the style or frame of "Wild" and, now, the flat and uninspiring "Stars." You can understand the directive to keep the frame and image centered on the stars. They are the emotional context of the story, but Richardson and director Josh Boone stage everything as though they had 10 days to shoot the entire movie. When the most memorable shot in the movie is Hazel and Gus sitting on a kid's swing set you have a problem.
- Gregory Ellwood