Third Star Reviews

NY Mag – June 2011

With a vibrant, witty and insightful script by Vaughan Sivell, and a quartet of excellent lead performances from the UK’s finest young actors, this is a moving, pertinent and unpredictable film, and a fantastic showcase of new and promising British film talent.

The Times –  Kate Muir – 20 May 2011
Third Star dares to tackle the taboos of youthful death with great humour and warmth, and it is an assured debut for Dalton. 

The Guardian – May 2011
Benedict Cumberbatch heads an impressive, young British cast for debut director’s Hattie Dalton’s comedy drama set in Wales.


Time Out – Dave Calhoun – 20 May 2011

…the actors bring charm to the film and director Hattie Dalton has a pleasingly light touch.


Radio Times – 20 May 2011
Cumberbatch, however, makes the most of a thankless part and manages to inject some humour into a film that many will find more morbid than melancholy


The Telegraph – Marc Lee – 19 May 2011
…Cumberbatch keeps sentimentality at bay, and the ending is almost unbearably poignant. 

Cumberbatchweb- May 2011

Third Star is an engaging, beautiful looking movie featuring some truly impressive acting from its cast of British Bright Young Things – Benedict Cumberbatch and JJ Feild in particular are superb.

 Muveez – James Luxford – 16 May 2011

…the standout performances come from Cumberbatch and Feild. Sherlock star Cumberbatch is gripping as a man trying desperately to end his life serenely, but is terrified of the both his deteriorating state and the inevitable end of it.

JS 1The Independent – Geoffrey Macnab – 28 June 2010

The acting is generally strong… Cumberbatch brings a prickliness and a streak of perversity that stops him from seeming like a Tiny Tim Cratchit, however weak and incapacitated he may become.

 Empire Magazine – Damon Wise – 27 June 2010

However, Cumberbatch, last seen playing a hostage negotiator in Four Lions, does incredibly well with a difficult role. 

TV Bomb – 26 June 2010

The relationship between the four men is fractious, funny and genuinely convincing, thanks to an assured script from Vaughan Silvell and great performances from the four leads

View London – Matthew Turner – 25 June 2010

The performances are excellent and the friendship between all four men feels organic and real… of the four, Cumberbatch is moving and dignified as James.


 HeyuGuys – Martyn Warren – 25 June 2010

Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the sick James, does a fantastic job and plays someone with cancer in a realistic way, different from other performances who have attempted to play these difficult and personal roles.

Screendaily  – Mark Adams – 22 June 2010
Where the film does succeed is offering a fine platform for four talented young British actors – Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Burke, JJ Feild and newcomer Adam Robertson – as the group of lifetime friends who head off on an ill-advised trip to West Wales.


Edinburgh Festivals Magazine – Caroline Whitham – 21 June 2010
Cumberbatch also deserves a great deal of credit, delivering a multi-layered character who wants to shake his friends out of their torpor and force them to find happiness in their lives, who is spiky and irritating and funny and brave, and so very tired of hurting all the time. If there isn’t at least a BAFTA nomination on the way for him, there is no justice in the world.