Parents' Guide to

Starfish

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Intense British drama about a family dealing with illness.

Movie NR 2016 95 minutes
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A well-meaning, real-life, tragic story designed to raise awareness of a damaging illness, Starfish unfortunately falters with a clunking script. It manages to rush through the aftermath of a missed sepsis diagnosis, but also drags throughout. Compressing a factual timeline into just 95 minutes means it's difficult to get a true sense of the long-term struggle of Tom Riley and his family, while at the same time the movie often feels repetitive, as Tom's moods fluctuate throughout.

The latter may be accurate, but it makes for a disjointed story. The result is something that looks and feels more like an under-developed and overly sentimental TV drama, despite the cast's best attempts to handle the sensitive subject matter with the respect it deserves.

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