Starter for 10 Synopsis
A working-class student navigates his way through a fancy private university.
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88

USA Today

By Staff [Not Credited]
Despite its awkward title, Starter for 10 is a winning coming-of-age tale told with grace and charm.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A surprisingly agile and delightfully warm romantic comedy.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Starter for 10 is cute and smart, just like its star triangle, and it's also well-written, acted and directed.
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75

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Shifting the self-deprecating japery of "High Fidelity" from a record store to a quiz show makes Starter for 10 a sweetly endearing date...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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...
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
There's a tidiness and affection to this British homage to John Hughes movies.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Jolly good show.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It's all breezy and predictable.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
This is cheeky sitcom in a minor key, and fated to be a mere footnote on McAvoy's resume.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Richard James Havis
The film successfully replicates the mellow charm of Brit hits "About A Boy" and "Love Actually."
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Cute 80's movie

By chigirl067
Worth it if you are a James McAvoy fan! Loved the 80s music in the movie too. They captured the time period very well. Cheesy in some bits, but still cute....

Clever Coming of Age Comedy

By bbc chick
I don't know why this is in such limited release. Everyone should be lucky enough to see this movie! James McAvoy plays the lovable hero who we're rooting for, even when he's screwing up royally. ...

James McAvoy is brilliant

By fortyver
Love James McAvoy in Shameless and he is brilliant in this lovely flick. Love the addition of the History Boys lads. Great date movie. Looking forward to the cast in other endeavors....

good date movie

By movieslikemoi
Enjoyable movie. Reminds me of the movies from the 80's that were boy and girl hookup with a little story. It is worth seeing....

Score One for Bristol U

By films4fun
James McAvoy takes this pedestrian story line off square one with his endearing portrayal of the best looking nerd you've seen. A couple of really good laughs, and the rest just keeps you smiling as...

Starter for 10

By bettyb
Cute but disappointing and predictable. Also, the soundtrack wasn't as great as it was promised to be....

Starter for 10

By tomandgk
Just great British humor - acting and humor right on -- highly recommend to all romantic comedy fans.......

Charming - a nice diversion

By Gollux70berry
We enjoyed this. Very nice little story - engagingly drawn characters from some promising young British actors. Our hero makes the usual mistakes and comes out all right in the end. We went when...

Not Funny, Not Dramatic

By ShogunTee
I went into this expecting a lot. I'm a big fan of Brit humor, and James McAvoy did such a wonderful job in The Last King of Scotland. However, Starter for 10 is neither funny or dramatic. It tries...

starter for 10

By livefromnyc
if you are brit in your 30's its a must go, if only for a bit of nostalgia. A lot of fun all round, if you've read the book you wont be disapointed. Probably would have been a lot better if it had a...

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Rated PG-13 | For sexual content, language and a scene of drug use