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17-year-old Jem Starling struggles with her place within her Christian fundamentalist community. But everything changes when her magnetic youth pastor Owen returns to their church.


  • Eliza Scanlen
  • Lewis Pullman
  • Jimmi Simpson
  • Wrenn Schmidt
  • Claire Elizabeth Green
  • Ellie May
  • Austin Abrams
  • Chris Dinner
  • Paige Leigh Landers
  • Kieran Sitawi

Atom User Reviews

3.7 out of 5


May 31, 2023

This is a movie that lets us understand the foibles and dark underpinnings of a movement that seems to have transcended removing itself from “this world’s” everyday concerns to embracing the ugliest elements of its dogma — superstition, dogmatic intolerance, “control” and a disregard for any American or American institution that doesn’t fit their myopic worldview.

Metacritic review by Roger Moore
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
May 12, 2023

The Starling Girl doesn’t always hold our attention, mainly due to an occasionally shaggy pace that forgets we’re often ahead of the plot. There are also two endings: one built on a choice of Jem’s that’s incredibly stirring and naturally tense, but then a subsequent scene with music and dance that reads more like something scripted to be a meaningful bookend.

Metacritic review by Robert Abele
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
Jan 25, 2023

One of the smartest things about Parmet’s film is the way it portrays internalized misogyny in her female characters. The Starling Girl is a complex, often disturbing portrait of the way women have been pressured to shrink themselves and pass on that shame to their daughters.

Metacritic review by Jourdain Searles
Jourdain Searles
The Hollywood Reporter