1st Night Reviews

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Michael Sauter
Film Journal International
May 3, 2013
The music of Mozart seems too big for the "book" of this minor-key romantic roundelay, which nevertheless manages to be increasingly, albeit mildly, engaging.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 2, 2013
A pallid gloss of a work that teems with deception, disguise and mistaken identity, not to mention humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 2, 2013
The movie may appeal to theater aficionados and Juilliard undergrads, but to the average moviegoer, it's a trudge.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Pete Vonder Haar
Village Voice
April 30, 2013
It's hard to explain why every character in 1st Night behaves like an adolescent in a sitcom.
Drew Hunt
Slant Magazine
April 27, 2013
The political dynamic that underpins The Rules of the Game is nonexistent in 1st Night, which is fixated entirely on the zany sexcapades of its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Emma Dibdin
Total Film
October 26, 2011
Proceedings swiftly descend into sub-Richard Curtis territory with little of the wit.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
October 17, 2011
Its structure aims for Shakespeare, but is little more than shaky, its dialogue is dire and there is enough ham and wood in the performances to make a perfectly good barbecue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
October 14, 2011
There are two things in this film's favour: Mozart on the soundtrack and the location, within the grounds of a splendid country house.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cath Clarke
Guardian
October 13, 2011
The whole thing descends into oo-er bedroom farce when life begins to mimic the antics of Mozart's opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jonathan Williams
Little White Lies
October 13, 2011
Bring out the fat lady and let's be done with this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
October 12, 2011
Like Dorian Gray with opera, Big Brother with class, The Apprentice with singers or The X Factor with sex, this is a surprisingly heady treat...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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