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Based on 23 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 70
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    A feast of a film done on a low budget with a menu featuring top-grade acting, writing and direction. show more

  • 75
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    Both a delightful story and a great food movie that ranks with "Like Water for Chocolate'' or "Babette's Feast.'' show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    A robustly imaginative sleeper show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    By the end of the movie, we have been through an emotional and a sensual wringer, in a film of great wisdom and delight. show more

  • 100
    San Francisco Examiner

    Big Night's beauty is the fact that it is about passion. show more

  • 88
    John Petrakis Chicago Tribune

    May not have the size and grandeur of some of the biographical and political epics being released this fall, but I defy you to find a better written, more honest -- or yes, more satisfying and delicious -- movie this year. [27 September 1996, Friday, p.C] show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    In addition to their deft skill with light drama, the directors understand well-placed humor, and throw just the right amount of comedy into the mix to make Big Night fun without turning it into an outright farce. show more

  • 100
    F. X. Feeney Mr. Showbiz

    It is one of the most beautifully staged American movies in a very long time. show more

  • 60
    TV Guide

    The script is shapeless and it all goes on far too long. show more

  • 89
    Steve Davis Austin Chronicle

    Big Night is, in a word, delicious. show more

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