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Starting Out in the Evening Reviews

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July 23, 2009
ut when all is finally revealed it’s gesture—especially the hands—that lifts this film into the ranks of extraordinary and ... bears repeated viewings to savour the subtlety and intimate sense of self.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 2, 2009
Starting Out in the Evening has a formidable performance by Frank Langella to recommend it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
July 19, 2008
Awkward and sometimes overly subtle, but compelling performances by a cast of normally supporting actors who make the most of their much deserved chance to carry a film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
February 28, 2008
Wagner has turned the page on a promising career, and it will be exciting to see what the next chapter brings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Film Threat
February 26, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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February 24, 2008
Starting Out in the Evening is thrilling in a way that a movie larded with car chases and explosions can seldom be, because of the way it deals with that basic building block of civilization, the creative process.
February 16, 2008
Criminally overlooked, this is a great movie, about which I could find no complaint or overt flaw except feeling that Taylor (whom I do love) was mostly a distraction. See it if you can.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
February 8, 2008
Langella's nuanced performance saves the film; the actor has an understated but powerful role, and he takes full advantage.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
February 8, 2008
Wagner's film is an elegy of sorts for that once-mighty beast known as the New York Writer, a creature that now finds itself increasingly marginalized in a world in which readers are getting scarcer and shelf space for serious fiction is dwindling daily.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
February 7, 2008
It's Langella's performance that anchors the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
February 1, 2008
By and large, Starting Out in the Evening is smart and considered and grown-up and credibly human filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 30, 2008
Just may be the best film of 2007 that you've probably never heard of.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
January 23, 2008
Starting Out in the Evening is just a movie about a dignified old white man who writes novels, slowly, on a typewriter. Clever concept.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
January 18, 2008
A dry, insightful and sensitive drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
January 18, 2008
A strong cast and a literate script make for a refreshingly subtle film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Beverly Berning
culturevulture.net
January 14, 2008
This is Frank Langella's movie. He's been given a plum of role, and he bites into it with amazing grace and precision.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
January 11, 2008
[Frank Langella] is a god of sorts to those who've followed his career for 30 years with an appreciation for subtle, forceful acting, and he's at the top of his game in Starting Out in the Evening.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
January 10, 2008
Watching Frank Langella in this film is like seeing a brilliant new actor give his breakthrough performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
January 10, 2008
A film so quiet that just the crunch of buttered popcorn might drown out some of its subtleties.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 18, 2008

Boxoffice Magazine
April 3, 2008

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November 24, 2007
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