Opening

97% Ghostbusters Aug 29
23% As Above/So Below Aug 29
36% The November Man Aug 27
98% Starred Up Aug 27
76% The Congress Aug 29

Top Box Office

92% Guardians of the Galaxy $17.2M
20% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $16.7M
37% If I Stay $15.7M
21% Let's Be Cops $10.8M
18% When The Game Stands Tall $8.4M
34% The Expendables 3 $6.5M
32% The Giver $6.4M
45% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For $6.3M
66% The Hundred-Foot Journey $5.3M
19% Into The Storm $3.8M

Coming Soon

—— Innocence Sep 05
—— The Longest Week Sep 05
—— The Identical Sep 05
67% Thunder and the House of Magic Sep 05
74% God Help the Girl Sep 05

New Episodes Tonight

—— Jonah From Tonga: Season 1

Discuss Last Night's Shows

75% The Cosmopolitans: Season One
100% Defiance: Season 2
100% Garfunkel and Oates: Season 1
89% The Honorable Woman: Season 1
56% Married: Season 1
39% Rush: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
82% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1
77% You're the Worst: Season 1

Certified Fresh TV

86% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
91% Doctor Who: Season 8
83% Extant: Season 1
89% The Honorable Woman: Season 1
87% The Knick: Season 1
89% Manhattan: Season 1
97% Masters of Sex: Season 2
73% Murder in the First: Season 1
89% Outlander: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
87% The Strain: Season 1
82% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1
77% You're the Worst: Season 1

Starting Out in the Evening Reviews

Page 1 of 6
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

January 4, 2008
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net

Frank Langella and Lili Taylor give great performances in what is essentially another painfully slow and bland digitally-shot indie drama.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 5.5/10

November 21, 2007
Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
Top Critic IconTop Critic

What to do with this light, while it lasts? [Director] Wagner's problem is to find an answer to that question and also to offer some resolution to the conflicts of honesty and compromise the movie portrays.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 18, 2008
Jan Stuart
Newsday
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Has the patina of authenticity, but Wagner's characters speak in banalities that describe their all-too-familiar plights from the outside without getting inside their skins, as if they are trapped in the expositional stages of an old Broadway play.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

November 29, 2007
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Every time we leave his world -- full of mortality, and artistry and that seductive student -- to re-enter his daughter's, the film falters a little. And bit by bit, the tension fades, like a manuscript left in the sun.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 30, 2007
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Starting Out in the Evening is a gentle collection of scenes that work and scenes that don't.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 14, 2007
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

December 14, 2007
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A bravura performance from Frank Langella blended into a lackluster story.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 30, 2008
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

...another example of a writer engaging in fictional wish fulfillment.

Full Review Source: Sun Publications (Chicago, IL) | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 14, 2007
Jason Clark
Slant Magazine

Self-contained and silly.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 18, 2007
David Fear
Time Out New York
Top Critic IconTop Critic

At what point does watching someone try to single-handedly enliven flat, forced material -- and ultimately fail in the attempt -- become an exercise in masochism?

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

November 22, 2007
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

A heap of preciousness and pretensions that puts words and literary references to the fore.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

November 26, 2007
Noel Murray
AV Club
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Starting Out In The Evening is like the opposite of 'mumblecore'. It's 'loquacitycore'.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

December 6, 2007
David Fear
Time Out
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper

Starting Out is a movie for savoring, not one whose flavor explodes on your palate, but its minor-key attractions are substantial.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper

December 14, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

It honors values that seem obsolete in our trashy popular culture, obsessed with the sex lives of vacuumheads.

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

December 14, 2007
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic IconTop Critic

A gentle, unhurried drama about how people can connect with each other through conversation, nonverbal gestures, and writing.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

November 24, 2007
Ella Taylor
Village Voice
Top Critic IconTop Critic

This wise, observant, and exquisitely tacit chamber piece complicates every May-December, academic-novel cliché in the book.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 20, 2007
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Wagner has turned the page on a promising career, and it will be exciting to see what the next chapter brings.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

February 28, 2008
James Rocchi
Cinematical

It would be easy to pass by Starting Out in the Evening through any one of a number of possible snap judgments -- too New York-y, too low-budget, too digital -- but you'd also be missing out on three of the best performances of the year.

Full Review Source: Cinematical

September 15, 2007
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012

Screen International
November 24, 2007

Boxoffice Magazine
April 3, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic IconTop Critic
October 18, 2008

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic IconTop Critic
October 18, 2008
Page 1 of 6
Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile