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Starting Out in the Evening Reviews

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
January 9, 2008
one of the year's most pleasing films, intelligently written and directed, and featuring a veteran actor giving the performance of his career
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 5, 2008
The more you watch this, the more interesting the characters become.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
January 4, 2008
Langella is superb, and Starting Out in the Evening is a classy film... but it could have used a little less circumspection, a little more juice.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 4, 2008
We're pretty much left waiting in this drifting melodrama about living the artistic life in New York and the ambition it takes to do that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show
January 4, 2008
It's an intimate drama -- a chamber piece, really -- that deals intelligently with intriguing themes and provocative ideas regarding the ambiguous motives and borrowed-from-life material that fuel the creative process.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
January 4, 2008
It's a thinking person's movie in the best sense of the phrase.
| Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
January 3, 2008
In the end, Langella lays his character bare before us but leaves his dignity intact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
December 28, 2007
Its academic approach, which allows its characters to be themselves and their relationships to crinkle and fold within each other to no obvious end, shows both strength and vulnerability.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 22, 2007
[Langella's] finely shaded performance is the main reason to check out [this] gently affecting film that portrays the fragility of life, love and art with sympathy and taste.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 21, 2007
It's about as quiet as a film can get. But for those in search of for nuance, intelligence and fine acting, this is a must-see.
Frank Ochieng
World Voice News
December 15, 2007
Wagner's penetrating narrative is poetically stimulating in its smart approach to its dialogue-driven excellence and standout performances.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
December 15, 2007
Starting Out in the Evening boasts exquisite performances by Langella and Taylor, and that may provide reward enough for most filmgoers.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 14, 2007
Among the CGI monsterfests of the holiday film season, this quiet, humorous drama of oppositional wills from different generations coming to terms with each other is one of the miracles of the season.
Jenny Peters
Hollywood.com
December 14, 2007
A subtle, quiet vision of Brian Morton's award-winning novel of the same name.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
December 14, 2007
Starting Out is a movie for savoring, not one whose flavor explodes on your palate, but its minor-key attractions are substantial.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
December 14, 2007
Time to update your year-end award contenders.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
December 14, 2007
[Director Wagner] is becoming a major American filmmaker.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 14, 2007
A touching portrait of a man in the twilight of his life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 14, 2007
Intimate and beautifully acted, it feels more like a satisfying play than a movie (that's not a criticism, by the way).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 14, 2007
Starting Out in the Evening has the feeling of a film in which the actors, left to direct themselves, played into their own self-indulgent instincts, and the only one who resisted was the old pro who knew better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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