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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Jolly good show. show more

  • 88
    Staff [Not Credited] USA Today

    Despite its awkward title, Starter for 10 is a winning coming-of-age tale told with grace and charm. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    A surprisingly agile and delightfully warm romantic comedy. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    McAvoy is charismatic, funny, and on the mark. Hall and Eve are both just right in their roles - bringing depth and detail to what could have been caricature parts. And if Starter for 10 takes a turn into foolhardy tragedy, it doesn't linger too long there. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    This is cheeky sitcom in a minor key, and fated to be a mere footnote on McAvoy's resume. show more

  • 60
    Richard James Havis The Hollywood Reporter

    The film successfully replicates the mellow charm of Brit hits "About A Boy" and "Love Actually." show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Starter for 10 is cute and smart, just like its star triangle, and it's also well-written, acted and directed. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Shifting the self-deprecating japery of "High Fidelity" from a record store to a quiz show makes Starter for 10 a sweetly endearing date movie. show more

  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Examiner

    Some nice performances and modest laughs highlight this amiable British comedy. show more

  • 75
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    While at times overly familiar, the film never feels self-mocking. show more

  • May 22, 2008 meteorologymaid
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    I loved it, and I know not many people get the title but I think it's kind of clever. ( I guess it might be a culture thing). Hilarious movie with great dialogue and some classic moments. James McAvoy plays the perfect clueless but endearing dolt. Alice is sexy and manipulative but charming at the same time.

  • May 22, 2008 mfr65
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    The title is terrible but Starter for 10 has a heart and a sense of humor that are definitely on target.Hilarious and sweet although its a mildly enjoyable romantic comedy, this coming-of-age comedy is a solid successor to the best John Hughes films of the 1980s like Sixteen Candles. But its filtered through a specifically British prism, with its dry, observant wit and its characters who manage to be absurd yet sympathetic.The well-established formula is definitely in place here guy meets two different girls and falls for one, though the other is clearly a better fit so youre not seeing anything overwhelmingly new from director Tom Vaughan (making his feature debut) and writer David Nicholls, based on Nicholls novel of the same name. The rapid-fire quiz sequences are simultaneously thrilling and silly, often because team captain Patrick (Benedict Cumberbatch) is such a self-serious prig. As is the case in all great movies of this genre, Starter for 10 has an illustrious menagerie of misfits and weirdoes, and Patrick is the overzealous king of them all.The movie also features an excellent 80s soundtrack that includes hits from The Cure, The Smiths, Yaz, New Order and a particularly inspired use of Im Your Man by Wham! during what could have been an ordinary getting-ready-for-a- first-date sequence. The music mix is yet another example of how Starter for 10 never makes fun of the era, never wallows in its kitschiness, but rather embraces the time and gets the tone just right.And There's a tidiness and affection to this British homage to John Hughes movies.

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