Starting Out in the Evening - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Starting Out in the Evening Reviews

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January 10, 2008
A film so quiet that just the crunch of buttered popcorn might drown out some of its subtleties.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 9, 2008
one of the year's most pleasing films, intelligently written and directed, and featuring a veteran actor giving the performance of his career
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 5, 2008
The more you watch this, the more interesting the characters become.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 4, 2008
Langella is superb, and Starting Out in the Evening is a classy film... but it could have used a little less circumspection, a little more juice.
January 4, 2008
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 4, 2008
It's an intimate drama -- a chamber piece, really -- that deals intelligently with intriguing themes and provocative ideas regarding the ambiguous motives and borrowed-from-life material that fuel the creative process.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 4, 2008
It's a thinking person's movie in the best sense of the phrase.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 3, 2008
In the end, Langella lays his character bare before us but leaves his dignity intact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 28, 2007
Its academic approach, which allows its characters to be themselves and their relationships to crinkle and fold within each other to no obvious end, shows both strength and vulnerability.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
December 22, 2007
[Langella's] finely shaded performance is the main reason to check out [this] gently affecting film that portrays the fragility of life, love and art with sympathy and taste.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 21, 2007
It's about as quiet as a film can get. But for those in search of for nuance, intelligence and fine acting, this is a must-see.
December 15, 2007
Wagner's penetrating narrative is poetically stimulating in its smart approach to its dialogue-driven excellence and standout performances.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 15, 2007
Starting Out in the Evening boasts exquisite performances by Langella and Taylor, and that may provide reward enough for most filmgoers.
December 14, 2007
Among the CGI monsterfests of the holiday film season, this quiet, humorous drama of oppositional wills from different generations coming to terms with each other is one of the miracles of the season.
December 14, 2007
A subtle, quiet vision of Brian Morton's award-winning novel of the same name.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 14, 2007
Starting Out is a movie for savoring, not one whose flavor explodes on your palate, but its minor-key attractions are substantial.
December 14, 2007
Time to update your year-end award contenders.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 14, 2007
[Director Wagner] is becoming a major American filmmaker.
December 14, 2007
A touching portrait of a man in the twilight of his life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 14, 2007
Intimate and beautifully acted, it feels more like a satisfying play than a movie (that's not a criticism, by the way).
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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