100

San Francisco Examiner

Big Night's beauty is the fact that it is about passion.
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100

Mr. Showbiz

By F. X. Feeney
It is one of the most beautifully staged American movies in a very long time.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
By the end of the movie, we have been through an emotional and a sensual wringer, in a film of great wisdom and delight.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The real feast is in the mix of characters, each so finely and unschmaltzily delineated in a script so confident and controlled that even the most passing of participants comes alive.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By John Petrakis
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]
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
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.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
A robustly imaginative sleeper
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Both a delightful story and a great food movie that ranks with "Like Water for Chocolate'' or "Babette's Feast.''
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70

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A feast of a film done on a low budget with a menu featuring top-grade acting, writing and direction.
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60

TV Guide

The script is shapeless and it all goes on far too long.
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80 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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