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

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

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

By Peter Travers
Jolly good show.
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Boston Globe

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

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...

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...


By glxy2

Engaging British Rom-com

By Gudnabr
"Starter for 10" is an energetic, engaging British comedy. It is a hybrid coming-of-age movie/romantic comedy, but the performances are top rate, even if some of the...


By Cici_Rose
Wonderful movie, brilliantly acted, and well-written. You don't even have to be familiar with British humor or culture to love it. The cast (Especially James McAvoy and Rebecca Hall) are...

Starter for 10

By bookslady
Enjoyed movie's take on college experience -- brought back memories of high and lows of college life. James McAvoy is wonderful lead; pleasant and predictable movie with that British charm....

Starter for 10

By Snickerbee
I thought it was a good movie. It had some really great funny bits and also some touching and moving bits as well. James McAvoy is just lovely. He was great in The Last King of Scotland and I can't...

Shaggy kid from the sticks mixes it up with the intelligensia

By oaksong
Not a completely new story but James McAvoy carries off being the boy from the hood, UK style, quite nicely. A jolly good block with some smarts and the usual not quite with it friends who makes it...

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