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Diner Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
June 2, 2014
Though nothing much happens this is a skilfully written comedy-drama that plays close attention to character and boasts fine performances by a quality cast.
June 2, 2014
All the performances are remarkable. Rourke won't stay unknown for long. But the ultimate triumph is Levinson's. He captures both the surface and the soul of an era with candor and precision.
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
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
January 1, 2000
A testament to the fine art of screenwriting.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
October 27, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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
January 1, 2000
Witty and fun.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
September 6, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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
January 27, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
February 4, 2004
Diner features a group of twentysomething friends whose camaraderie, hijinks and troubles ought to resonate with many viewers.
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+
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
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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