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The New York Times 
“Slow and steady, and with remarkable assuredness, Keith Miller’s “Five Star” plays mean-streets drama in the lowest of keys.” -Janette Catsoulis  [pdf]

“Like John Cassavetes directing an episode of ‘The Wire’…” -Eric Kohn

“…powerfully affecting urban drama that tells a familiar story [...] with such unusual authenticity and dramatic force that it’s as if we’re seeing it for the first time…” -Scott Foundas

Shadow and Act
“…a compelling portrait, and a refreshing take on a setting and characters too often sensationalized.”

Criterion Cast
“Five Star is quite a superb sophomore effort from a truly talented young voice in independent American cinema….Aesthetically, the film is in many ways a triumph…”

Smells Like Screen Spirit
“…a remarkably insightful film… a mesmerizing experience.”

“Miller’s scenes are so well-written and acted […] refreshing.”

“Keith on the line between fiction and fact”

Village Voice
“…a dizzying tour-de-force…”

Punch Drunk Critics
“…an understated and deeply satisfying urban drama that raises the bar for the entire genre….”

Grod Works: Best Movies of 2015 so far!


The New York Times: James Grant of ‘Five Star’ Is an Enforcer on Screen, if No Longer in Life  •  [pdf]

The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC

Sway In the Morning

WPIX Channel 11 New York
“The gang didn’t put me in jail, I did…”



The Source
“Films like “Five Star” are rare. […] It does what only art can, and that is it makes us feel, and it makes us understand. […] This is a film not to be missed.”

Interview With Primo: chud.com

Five questions with Five Star Director Keith Miller

“…a nuanced portrait of two men […] an intimate contemplation of manhood in the modern urban environment.”

Rooftop Films
“…raises important questions of race and class through the deeply personal stories of his characters.”

“…the blend of visual and metaphoric juxtaposition is captivating..”