Starter for 10 (2006)



Critic Consensus: Starter For 10 is a spirited coming-of-age tale that remains charming and witty even as it veers into darker teritory. The unique setting of a quiz show makes the film wittier than your average romantic comedy.

Movie Info

A working-class English boy who has been fortunate enough to be accepted into a posh private university struggles to realize his lifelong dream while simultaneously winning the heart of the girl he loves in a romantic, bittersweet comedy directed by Tom Vaughan and starring James McAvoy, Rebecca Hall, and Charles Dance. The time is the mid-'80s, and the University Challenge phenomenon is sweeping through England. Despite his underprivileged background, Essex boy Brian Jackson (McAvoy) knows that … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content, language and a scene of drug use)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: David Nicholls
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 31, 2007
Box Office: $0.2M
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as Brian Jackson

as Alice Harbinson

as Rebecca Epstein

as Julie Jackson

as Bamber Gascoigne

as Michael Harbinson

as Rose Harbinson

as Dr. Morrison

as Lucy Chang

as Speaker for Nuclear ...

as Martin Jackson

as University Challenge...

as University Challenge...

as Marcus

as University Challenge...

as Cleaning Lady

as Young Brian

as Hippie at the Party

as Nigel De Havilland

as Anthony Salmon

as Tristram Neville

as Television Director

as Colin

as Cordelia Sykes
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Critic Reviews for Starter for 10

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (29)

Conventional, slight, but charming.

Full Review… | December 4, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

There's nothing here we haven't seen done better before.

Full Review… | September 22, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

This is expertly crafted entertainment that follows all the beats of a traditional romantic comedy, but it's done with such sincerity that it's difficult to begrudge the odd descent into clich.

Full Review… | September 22, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

[The film] bears many of the hallmarks of teen comedies, but also boasts virtues not generally associated with the genre, such as wit, class consciousness, multidimensional characters, and a penetrating intelligence.

Full Review… | September 22, 2007
AV Club
Top Critic

Some nice performances and modest laughs highlight this amiable British comedy about a young man who goes off to Bristol University in the mid-'80s and does what young people naturally do when they go to college.

Full Review… | March 16, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Written by David Nicholls, adapting his own novel, and directed by Tom Vaughan, a British TV veteran making his feature debut, Starter for 10 clips along smartly.

March 16, 2007
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Starter for 10

A young James McAvoy delivers in Starter For 10, a slightly cliched romance-comedy feature.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer


What's not to love about a nebbish, made-under James McAvoy with daddy issues? As with Rachel Weisz, I prefer Rebecca Hall's American accent to her own British.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

This is the one movie the cliches of a romcom can be completely forgiven as the adaptation of David Nicholls' own novel still imparts its conventional wit and characterization that completely worked out with the script and its genre. It's a bit shy on its dramatic aspect but there's its romantic moments and comic scenes that stood out and that distinguishes itself from other romcom flicks.

Jakey Labios
Jakey Labios

Super Reviewer

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