Big Night Reviews

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Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
Delicious adult fare sure to leave you hungry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 23, 2007
A triumph for everyone involved, but especially for Stanley Tucci.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 13, 2006
A lyrical love poem to food and family (or is it family or food?), this serio comedy joins the company of other fun movies about eating, such as Babette's Feast and Like Water for Chocolate.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
March 24, 2005
A feast of great acting and tender, small moments
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 24, 2004
A wonderful film about how the simple pleasures of life -- food, family, friends -- aren't so simple.
| Original Score: 5/5
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
June 3, 2004
One's appetite will be big for both the food and the movie
| Original Score: 4/5
Shawn Bowers
Kansas City Star
March 16, 2004
Tucci and Shalhoub always deliver and Big Night is just futher evidence of that.
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 2, 2004
As they always say, less is more.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Fred Topel
About.com
July 14, 2003
A well meaning but uninvolving drama. Why do we care about the chefs? I never really figured it out.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 7, 2003
A charming, delicate repast prepared by Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott.
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
April 7, 2003
It will be near-impossible not to stop at an Italian restaurant on the way home from this deliciously funny and insightful film.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 2, 2002
Similar to Like Water for Chocolate, Big Night celebrates the sensuality of food. It will produce more salivating than an afternoon at Pavlov's lab.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
A small movie -- and that's its subtle charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dwayne E. Leslie
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
A sumptuous repast, most of the movie's scenes involve either preparing or serving food.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leslie Rigoulot
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002
Lovingly crafted by Stanley Tucci, it is a tribute to food, to all things American, to immigrants trying to make it, and to the love between brothers.
Stephen Farber
Movieline
March 4, 2002
The film offers many tasty tidbits, but it feels distended and a bit too delighted with its own modest charms.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 22, 2002
A small-scaled film with some substantive observations on creativity, the American Dream, sibling differences, and getting ahead.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
A feast of a film done on a low budget with a menu featuring top-grade acting, writing and direction.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
As delicately and deliciously prepared as the dishes it features, Big Night is a lyric to the love of food, family and persuasive acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
By the end of the movie, we have been through an emotional and a sensual wringer, in a film of great wisdom and delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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