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Based on 33 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 5 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Langella delivers a master class in acting. He's playing Leonard Schiller, an aging author aching from the loss of his wife, a weak heart and literary neglect. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Wallows in bleakness and settles for sentimental gestures. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    We are slowly and mightily drawn into this intimate story, which is both intellectually stimulating and emotionally moving. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • 88
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Whether this reserved, hypercautious widower can deal with the arousal she creates in him - let alone be physically able to act on it - is one of the many layers of tension that drive this unusual and absolutely riveting dance. show more

  • 100
    James Greenberg The Hollywood Reporter

    Succeeds so beautifully because of a compelling story, great acting, intelligent writing and sensitive direction. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie is carefully modulated to draw us deeper and deeper into the situation, and uses no contrived plot devices to superimpose plot jolts on what is, after all, a story involving four civilized people who are only trying, each in a different way, to find happiness. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    Because the characters are richly realized and their dialogue rings true, we stick around, rooting for something like a happy ending. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Taylor also makes an impressive comeback as the conflicted daughter who instinctively distrusts Heather, but Starting Out in the Evening is first and foremost a triumph by Frank Langella. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    It's a gentle, unhurried drama about how people can connect with each other through conversation, nonverbal gestures, and writing. show more

  • July 28, 2012 Sandra Kelemen
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    Brilliant movie. Frank Langella as usual brilliant and so was Lauren Ambrose. I first saw Frank Langella at the Longwharf Theater and his genius has always enthralled me.

  • June 14, 2010 drarthurwells
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    For intelligent adults only, who might appreciate it. Mainly for those with love of literature. An elderly male writer and a young, flighty, female who is a literature graduate student, are drawn together by mutual interest and intellect. Is it better to love and lose than not love? Is the pain of possible separation worth the benefit of intimacy? Intelligent conversation will make this one dull to those unable to understand this special film.

  • May 22, 2008 rpcarzoli
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    This is one of the worst movies we have seen in several years. It seemed to last 4 hours! Terrible dialogue -- very strained. Forget this one.

  • May 22, 2008 actingclass
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    In the movie, the writer, played by Frank Langella, says, "Follow your characters around until they do something interesting." They didn't in this film, in my opinion. I didn't get the attraction. Langella's character seemed so cold and suppressed that I could not understand anyone, even a literacy freak/geek being that attracted to him. What was the attraction? Yeah, his books. But, after 10 minutes alone with him, I would have been very, very disappointed and changed my thesis. The movie switched gears toward the end, which was puzzling, but at least it switched to the more interesting story of the daughter and her boyfriend. Here was a problem I could understand.

  • May 22, 2008 cu1turevu1ture49
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    We saw this movie today and were very impressed

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