Diner

Diner

91%
  • R, 1 hr. 50 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Barry Levinson
    In Theaters:
    Apr 2, 1982 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 4, 2000
  • MGM Home Entertainment
  • Diner
    2 minutes 1 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Diner Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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Levinson's dialogue feels fresh and improvised, yet it hits its mark every time, and the performances he gets are complex and original.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 2, 2014
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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The film is wonderfully cast and played.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

June 2, 2014

Film4

Though nothing much happens this is a skilfully written comedy-drama that plays close attention to character and boasts fine performances by a quality cast.

Full Review Source: Film4

June 2, 2014
John Ferguson
Radio Times

This gentle, warm-hearted comedy drama about a group of young men in 1950s Baltimore was director Barry Levinson's debut feature and it remains among his finest work.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 2, 2014

People Magazine

All the performances are remarkable. Rourke won't stay unknown for long. But the ultimate triumph is Levinson's. He captures both the surface and the soul of an era with candor and precision.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

June 2, 2014
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

not a great film, but it certainly is memorable

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: B

May 20, 2012
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

As confused as its male protagonists are about their proper place in the world, it's their relationship to women that beguiles them most. It's also their path to maturity.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A

June 6, 2011
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Thoroughly enjoyable nostalgia film about lost youth that's as refreshing as a cup of coffee from a Greek diner.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

May 19, 2009
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

| Original Score: 4/5

February 8, 2007
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Made by an insider, Baltimore's son Barry Levinson, who gets the texture and characters right, Diner is one of the most perceptive youth tales about the gulf between the sexes before the subject became a debatable issue.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: 5/5

June 12, 2006

Empire Magazine

A witty and biting screenplay is excellently portrayed by an ensemble, who would all soon become big stars.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

May 6, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Not a lot to it, but the sense of period is acute, the script witty without falling into the crude pitfalls that beset other adolescent comedies, and the performances are spot-on.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Rebecca Murray
About.com

| Original Score: 4/5

October 27, 2005
Edward Havens
FilmJerk.com

Even with all its accolades, it's still an underappreciated gem

| Original Score: 5/5

September 13, 2005
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

| Original Score: 4/5

April 7, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Diner is often a very funny movie, although I laughed most freely not at the sexual pranks but at the movie's accurate ear, as it reproduced dialogue with great comic accuracy.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 23, 2004
Sarah Chauncey
Reel.com

| Original Score: 5/5

June 4, 2004
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

| Original Score: 4/5

March 26, 2004
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Diner features a group of twentysomething friends whose camaraderie, hijinks and troubles ought to resonate with many viewers.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

February 4, 2004
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

| Original Score: 5/5

September 3, 2003
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