• Released
  • April 2, 1982
  • R , 1 hr 50 min
  • Comedy Drama
    Reunion Films
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Diner Synopsis
Immature buddies (Steve Guttenberg, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon) regroup in 1950s Baltimore diner.
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TV Guide

Diner is an often hilarious, frequently touching film.
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90

The New York Times

By Janet Maslin
Diner isn't lavish or long, but it's the sort of small, honest, entertaining movie that should never go out of style, even in an age of...
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90

Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
Levinson's dialogue feels fresh and improvised, yet it hits its mark every time, and the performances he gets are complex and original...
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90

Time

By Richard Corliss
The film is wonderfully cast and played, right down to the bit player (Ralph Tabakin) who shops suspiciously for a TV set: "I saw Bananzo...
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88

Boston Globe

Barry Levinson's Diner is an extremely clever, slick male fantasy that takes some time to work out its mood and tone but ultimately...
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
A serious and funny and subtle work - a work of art - that was easy to confuse with exploitation teeny-bopper quickies because it did what...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Diner is often a very funny movie, although I laughed most freely not at the sexual pranks but at the movie's accurate ear, as it...
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80

Empire

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Levinson’s self-penned 1982 directorial debut and the first of his “Baltimore films” is a disarming reminiscence on buddydom.
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70

Variety

Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Paul Reiser and Timothy Daly are terrific as the friends as are Ellen Barkin...
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63

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
This is Hollywood's most mature treatment of the '50s-nostalgia theme so far, and the most accurate.
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Rated R