Starter for 10 - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Starter for 10 Reviews

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March 31, 2017
Enjoyable drama and student love story. Only bad thing about this movie is... it is British!
January 1, 2017
Starter For 10 is a pleasant addition to the typical gentle Brit-com genre; perfect for a rainy Sunday afternoon. Nothing too demanding is expected of the viewer, but the plot trots along effortlessly. There are moments of humour, a few English cringe moments that'll send most of us reminiscing back to our uni follies, and of course a sentimental ending. Nostalgia abounds for anyone who remembers Britain in the 80s, University Challenge or Nicholls' original novel - the essence of which has been successfully captured on screen. There's added pleasure in watching a multitude of early career performances from now household names - all of which are perfectly cast - from James McAvoy, Rebecca Hall, Benedict Cumberbatch and James Corden.
December 20, 2016
Not quite as bravo as the critics would have you believe, but a nice little film appetizer that's a good snack at its running-time length. The cast does a good job with what's almost a college stage play!
November 12, 2016
Not much substance, but it's well acted and more thoughtful and slow than you'd think.
June 24, 2016
Charming coming of age film with James McAvoy and the ever popular Benedict Cumberbatch playing the teammate you long to punch in the nose or head butt. The Brits know how to do this sort of film very well.
Super Reviewer
April 12, 2016
Liked this one a lot - I like anything with an 80's theme, generally, but this actually is very likeable and has some funny bits to it.
Rebecca Hall was the standout here. I loved her dry, intelligent character.
February 7, 2016
A great start for James McAvoy.
November 22, 2015
A great cast that's fun to watch.
½ October 15, 2015
By the numbers, but still charming. B
October 4, 2015
Very charming and clever storyline
September 14, 2015
Loved the book, read it first.
After, the movie seemed a bit blah. However, it was nice to see the funny bits on screen though.
Everyone who is big and famous now, is young and adorable here. Acting is not bad.
Oh yes and Gatiss here is great, I almost didn't recognize him.
May 19, 2015
Brilliant evocative 80's movie. Wonderfully acted and great story.
½ December 8, 2014
James McAvoy couldn't save this movie.
½ November 18, 2014
Whilst quite enjoying the novel version of 'A Starter for 10', this adaptation seriously disappointed. Potentially interesting characters were woefully introduced and developed. This prevented relationships from appearing genuine, and so left me struggling to sympathise with any of them. Much of the book's highlights were unfortunately overlooked, and attempts at comedy were weak. An early introduction to Benedict Cumberbatch was arguably the film's high point.
September 21, 2014
Nice romantic comedy with some important messages..
September 7, 2014
I'd heard good things about this but honestly wasn't all that impressed. I mean its okay but nothing special, even with James McAvoy in the lead and a nerdy (somewhat hilarious) role from Benedict Cumberbatch. The music is good, headlining The Cure and other 80's gems and it is charming but not particularly original, funny or all that endearing. McAvoy is Brian Jackson, a 1985 working class bloke with a love of knowledge who gets a scholarship to the university of Bristol. He spends most of his time there navigating love and relationships while preparing with his team for "University Challenge", a popular televised college quiz show. 9/6/14
August 31, 2014
I'm not really sure what to say about this film. In some ways I enjoyed it comedic moments, but in others I think the story was quite boring and pointless. I don't think I will watch it again, but if you need something different and remotely romantic, give this a try.
August 7, 2014
James McAvoy is so fcking brilliant!! I even have a screenshot collection of his facial expressions taken from this movie because this guy can do it all: happiness or despair - all written on his face.
August 5, 2014
...Did I ever mention that I'm a huge fan of James McAvoy?
July 20, 2014
Very enjoyable film reminded me of my student years with the music and parties - and the characterization - at a time when working class people were entering traditional universities for the first time - an important and oft neglected theme
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