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Diner Reviews

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Top Critic
Variety Staff
June 26, 2008
For all his painstaking accuracy, Levinson has also concocted a dark and depressing period story devoid of a single person without a major problem or character flaw.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
June 2, 2014
With so much going for it, then, why doesn't 'Diner' emerge as a major statement? Mostly because of the recurring weakness of its screenplay.

Boxoffice Magazine
March 27, 2001
Diner is a sort of poor man's American Graffiti, covering the same dramatic turf but lacking the style, wit and strong narrative structure of its predecessor.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Diner is often a very funny movie, although I laughed most freely not at the sexual pranks but at the movie's accurate ear, as it reproduced dialogue with great comic accuracy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John Ferguson
Radio Times
June 2, 2014
This gentle, warm-hearted comedy drama about a group of young men in 1950s Baltimore was director Barry Levinson's debut feature and it remains among his finest work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
January 1, 2000
A testament to the fine art of screenwriting.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Rebecca Murray
October 27, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
June 6, 2011
As confused as its male protagonists are about their proper place in the world, it's their relationship to women that beguiles them most. It's also their path to maturity.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Witty and fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Not a lot to it, but the sense of period is acute, the script witty without falling into the crude pitfalls that beset other adolescent comedies, and the performances are spot-on.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 6, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Dan Jardine
All Movie Guide
September 25, 2001
A clever, biting script buoys a cast of soon-to-be famous actors in this endearing male-bonding ritual writ large.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeremiah Kipp
January 27, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 4, 2004
Diner features a group of twentysomething friends whose camaraderie, hijinks and troubles ought to resonate with many viewers.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 19, 2009
Thoroughly enjoyable nostalgia film about lost youth that's as refreshing as a cup of coffee from a Greek diner.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dan Jardine
January 10, 2016
The male quintet of friends is amusingly lampooned in Levinson's clever and cutting script, a refreshingly honest depiction of an era often bathed in sepia-toned nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: 76/100
Michael Atkinson
November 6, 2001
Diner is a naturalistically acted movie, but Rourke is so fluent with streetwise gesture and cool grace that he makes his costars look like the Three Stooges.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
June 2, 2014
The film is wonderfully cast and played.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
May 20, 2012
not a great film, but it certainly is memorable
Full Review | Original Score: B
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