Star charts the counterpoint struggles of two social journeys, one up and one down, with panache and verve (…).
The eternally optimistic and frankly untalented Masha dreams of being an actress, or more specifically a star. But her reality is rather grimmer: a round of humiliating failed auditions gets her a job in a nightclub as a mermaid in a tank. One her first night she nearly drowns, but is saved by dislocated youth (…) Kostya, a thief who impresses Masha by stealing a load of cash and giving it to her so that her transformation into a star can begin with plastic surgery on her ears.
Kostya is the stepson of Rita, immensely wealthy by virtue of her marriage to Sergey, a stereotypical shiny-headed, world-weary, corrupt Russian politico, who refuses to marry Rita until she can guarantee him an heir. Summoned to hospital, Rita learns that she cannot have children, and expresses her underlying hatred for Sergey during an unpleasant sex scene. Result: Sergey locks her out, sells the car, and cuts off the credit cards, and very soon Rita and Masha are sharing Masha’s grotty apartment, with quite a few plot twists yet to come. Star’s strongest scenes have a nicely surreal flavor, largely inspired by both the heroines’ no-nonsense approach to the multiple calamities which befall them.
Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter