Starting Out in the Evening - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Starting Out in the Evening Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Edward Douglas
November 21, 2007
Frank Langella and Lili Taylor give great performances in what is essentially another painfully slow and bland digitally-shot indie drama.
| Original Score: 5.5/10
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
January 18, 2008
What to do with this light, while it lasts? [Director] Wagner's problem is to find an answer to that question and also to offer some resolution to the conflicts of honesty and compromise the movie portrays.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jan Stuart
November 29, 2007
Has the patina of authenticity, but Wagner's characters speak in banalities that describe their all-too-familiar plights from the outside without getting inside their skins, as if they are trapped in the expositional stages of an old Broadway play.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 30, 2007
Every time we leave his world -- full of mortality, and artistry and that seductive student -- to re-enter his daughter's, the film falters a little. And bit by bit, the tension fades, like a manuscript left in the sun.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 14, 2007
Starting Out in the Evening is a gentle collection of scenes that work and scenes that don't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 14, 2007
Starting Out in the Evening has the feeling of a film in which the actors, left to direct themselves, played into their own self-indulgent instincts, and the only one who resisted was the old pro who knew better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
September 30, 2008
A bravura performance from Frank Langella blended into a lackluster story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
December 14, 2007
...another example of a writer engaging in fictional wish fulfillment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jason Clark
Slant Magazine
November 18, 2007
Self-contained and silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
November 26, 2007
A heap of preciousness and pretensions that puts words and literary references to the fore.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
December 6, 2007
Starting Out In The Evening is like the opposite of 'mumblecore'. It's 'loquacitycore'.
| Original Score: C
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David Fear
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 14, 2007
It honors values that seem obsolete in our trashy popular culture, obsessed with the sex lives of vacuumheads.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
November 24, 2007
A gentle, unhurried drama about how people can connect with each other through conversation, nonverbal gestures, and writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
November 20, 2007
This wise, observant, and exquisitely tacit chamber piece complicates every May-December, academic-novel cliché in the book.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
February 28, 2008
Wagner has turned the page on a promising career, and it will be exciting to see what the next chapter brings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Rocchi
September 15, 2007
It would be easy to pass by Starting Out in the Evening through any one of a number of possible snap judgments -- too New York-y, too low-budget, too digital -- but you'd also be missing out on three of the best performances of the year.
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 2, 2009
Starting Out in the Evening has a formidable performance by Frank Langella to recommend it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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