Starter for 10 Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 4, 2007
Conventional, slight, but charming.
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David Fear
Time Out
September 22, 2007
There's nothing here we haven't seen done better before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Chris Tilly
Time Out
September 22, 2007
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 cliché.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 22, 2007
[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 | Original Score: B+
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
March 16, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 16, 2007
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
March 16, 2007
A modest, almost negligible British comedy.
| Original Score: B-
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 16, 2007
Never surprising but always agreeable, Tom Vaughan's Starter for 10 bops along like a hummable tune.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 9, 2007
The movie's enjoyable but almost wholly canned, coasting on the pleasure of its post-punk soundtrack and the novelty of the quiz-show scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Teresa Budasi
Chicago Sun-Times
March 9, 2007
Starter has a mature sensibility and ... [director] Vaughan is able to refrain from obvious characterizations.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 9, 2007
Starter for Ten is McAvoy's movie all the way, although he gets splendid support from several fresh faces.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 8, 2007
James McAvoy may be the most likable British newcomer since Ewan McGregor; his glistening eyes can seduce audiences with their ability to show conflicting emotions.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 8, 2007
Starter for 10 is cute and smart, just like its star triangle, and it's also well-written, acted and directed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 5, 2007
I liked the actors and the tone, I loved the music here, but throughout the film I had a feeling of cinematic déjà vu.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
February 23, 2007
Starter for Ten, an amiable, nostalgic British comedy from the director Tom Vaughan, tackles a lofty subject -- the allure of knowledge -- with down-to-earth charm.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 23, 2007
Don't mind the featherweight plot. A cheeky comedy with sex and smarts earns a passing grade.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
February 23, 2007
Explores dark themes without taking itself too seriously, offering wit to offset the angst.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 23, 2007
Shifting the self-deprecating japery of High Fidelity from a record store to a quiz show makes Starter for 10 a sweetly endearing date movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
February 23, 2007
Starter for Ten follows the formula from one unsurprising and unrealistic anecdote to another.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 22, 2007
A surprisingly agile and delightfully warm romantic comedy, set in the 1980s, with a not-so-hot-for-export title.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 22, 2007
The writing is nimble, the performances engaging and the story of a working-class boy who yearns to distinguish himself by acquiring knowledge is witty and intelligent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
February 22, 2007
It's a good thing the performances are subtle, since little else about Starter for 10 is. Director Tom Vaughan has a particularly leaden hand with music cues.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 22, 2007
A modestly enjoyable comedy set in the 1980s about a working-class student from Essex who goes to Bristol University and scrambles to get on the team for the British television quiz show University Challenge.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
February 22, 2007
The notion that knowledge isn't always wisdom isn't exactly novel, but Starter for 10's gentle, humane assertion of this idea makes it seem fresh, even amidst 20-year-old fashions and rock music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
February 22, 2007
Goes down easy, thanks in large part to the smorgasbord of fresh-faced talent from across the pond and a steady infusion of The Cure, Wham! and Tears for Fears on the soundtrack.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 21, 2007
There's a tidiness and affection to this British homage to John Hughes movies and the youthful error of first going for the wrong, hurtful girl instead of the right, patient one.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 15, 2007
Starter for 10 is a mildly enjoyable romantic comedy that stays within the safe bounds of the genre's formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
September 22, 2006
If there are life lessons here, they're harsh ones -- although they're taught with a gentle, forgiving spirit.
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
September 15, 2006
Social commentary elevates this light coming-of-age drama about a young British boy's university days.