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A Star Is Born (1954)

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Award-winning musical tragedy with alcoholism at its core.

Movie PG 1954 176 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

#1 of 4

I have seen all four iterations of this story. In my opinion, this is the best version even though it is the second making. The chemistry between the two leads is believable and their story is more plausible than the original. Garland does the best job of any version at portraying how painful and difficult it is to love an addict. It is a tragic story of alcohol abuse that ends with suicide, which are mature themes for kids. It's a good '50s musical and Garland is fantastic in this film, but you should know the premise before watching with kids.

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age 14+

Star Power

A wonderful musical story with a harsh look at alcoholism.... Judy Garland is a true star in this movie! While it is a bit long, anyone with an appreciation for a good musical will enjoy it.

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Is It Any Good?

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Though acting styles and depictions of alcoholism have greatly changed since this melodrama was made, this musical drama set in the early 1950s remains a vibrant and moving film. A Star Is Born captures the true essence of Judy Garland's showmanship, vulnerability, and musical gifts. Some original songs, including Judy's show-stopping delivery of "The Man That Got Away," are introduced alongside a wonderful selection of American Songbook standards.

It's long, just minutes short of three hours, but for a one-stop intro to the magic that was Judy Garland as an adult icon and for dazzling musical production numbers, this is the movie to see.

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