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1st Night (2013)

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Adam (Richard E. Grant) is a rich industrialist, who aspires to a more cultured world. Spurred on by playful jibes that he is little more than a city suit living the capitalist's dream, this frustrated amateur opera singer decides to throw an opera in his lavish country retreat. Once his friends see him belting out the notes, he feels sure it will spell the end to their shallow taunts. In fact, it might even help him win the hand of Celia (Sarah Brightman), the female conductor he has been

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (9)

A pallid gloss of a work that teems with deception, disguise and mistaken identity, not to mention humor.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The movie may appeal to theater aficionados and Juilliard undergrads, but to the average moviegoer, it's a trudge.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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It's hard to explain why every character in 1st Night behaves like an adolescent in a sitcom.

April 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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The music of Mozart seems too big for the "book" of this minor-key romantic roundelay, which nevertheless manages to be increasingly, albeit mildly, engaging.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The political dynamic that underpins The Rules of the Game is nonexistent in 1st Night, which is fixated entirely on the zany sexcapades of its characters.

April 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Proceedings swiftly descend into sub-Richard Curtis territory with little of the wit.

October 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Its structure aims for Shakespeare, but is little more than shaky, its dialogue is dire and there is enough ham and wood in the performances to make a perfectly good barbecue.

October 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

There are two things in this film's favour: Mozart on the soundtrack and the location, within the grounds of a splendid country house.

October 14, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

The whole thing descends into oo-er bedroom farce when life begins to mimic the antics of Mozart's opera.

October 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Bring out the fat lady and let's be done with this.

October 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Like Dorian Gray with opera, Big Brother with class, The Apprentice with singers or The X Factor with sex, this is a surprisingly heady treat...

October 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

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