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Starting Out in the Evening Reviews

November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
February 24, 2008
Starting Out in the Evening is thrilling in a way that a movie larded with car chases and explosions can seldom be, because of the way it deals with that basic building block of civilization, the creative process.
February 8, 2008
Langella's nuanced performance saves the film; the actor has an understated but powerful role, and he takes full advantage.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 7, 2008
It's Langella's performance that anchors the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
January 18, 2008
A strong cast and a literate script make for a refreshingly subtle film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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 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 touching portrait of a man in the twilight of his life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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
December 14, 2007
Much of the film's novelty derives from its characters, the sort one almost never finds in 'commercial' films -- both flawed and sympathetic -- and it keeps them vivid, ambiguous, and three-dimensional throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
December 14, 2007
While the film shares the novel's stealth appeal ... on the whole it's better: sharper, leaner and less sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 13, 2007
Starting Out in the Evening is a 'small' movie. But in its keenly observed examination of strangers who become intimates -- and of family members who remain, in part, strangers -- it has big things to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 12, 2007
A lovely comedy of death and rebirth.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 6, 2007
Starting Out In The Evening is like the opposite of 'mumblecore'. It's 'loquacitycore'.
Read More | Original Score: C
December 3, 2007
It's so rich and so textured and such wonderful material.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 30, 2007
A simple but unpredictable story of a man facing his mortality, it is simultaneously unsettling and deeply moving.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 29, 2007
Director Andrew Wagner, adapting a novel by Brian Morton, is sometimes understated to a fault, but his work with the actors, who also include Lili Taylor, is impeccable.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 26, 2007
The picture feels both intimate and immediate, a model for what smart young filmmakers can do with good material.
November 26, 2007
Excellent, deeply introspective performances by Frank Langella and the phenomenal Lauren Ambrose inform and enhance Starting Out in the Evening.
November 26, 2007
Unusual and absolutely riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 26, 2007
Refreshingly subtle.
November 24, 2007
It really doesn't get much better than Frank Langella's career-capping per formance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
November 24, 2007
Intelligent, involving and conspicuously adult, "Starting Out in the Evening" is almost shocking in its distinctiveness, its ability to create high drama from an unlikely source.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 23, 2007
It has the quiet beauty of a late afternoon, late in the autumn, when New York seems to be not just the center of the world but the crystallization of its finest tendencies.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 20, 2007
This wise, observant, and exquisitely tacit chamber piece complicates every May-December, academic-novel cliché in the book.
November 19, 2007
This is what great screen acting is about.
November 15, 2007
Remarkable film, indelibly marked by Langella's deeply felt portrait of a lion in winter.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 25, 2007
Complex and satisfying New York literary drama.
January 24, 2007
Director Andrew Wagner draws topnotch work from a pro cast in Starting Out in the Evening, a wise, carefully observed chamber drama.