Starting Out in the Evening Synopsis
A grad student mines the life of a New York writer for her thesis about his novels.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By James Greenberg
Succeeds so beautifully because of a compelling story, great acting, intelligent writing and sensitive direction.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie is carefully modulated to draw us deeper and deeper into the situation, and uses no contrived plot devices to superimpose plot...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Andrew Wagner has made a lovely comedy of death and rebirth.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Whether this reserved, hypercautious widower can deal with the arousal she creates in him - let alone be physically able to act on it - is...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
We are slowly and mightily drawn into this intimate story, which is both intellectually stimulating and emotionally moving.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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...
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Chicago Tribune

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

By Steven Rea
A "small" movie. But in its keenly observed examination of strangers who become intimates - and of family members who remain, in part,...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
A gentle collection of scenes that work and scenes that don't.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Wallows in bleakness and settles for sentimental gestures.
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Langella Mesmerizing

By LiterateCinemaBuff
Schiller is a 70-year old writer approached by an ambitious young graduate student for an interview for her thesis. Schiller who has been attempting to complete a novel for the past ten years is not...

Best Film this Year. Exhilaratingly Perfect!

By prfctnINfilms
How can a director, an editor, a cinematographer, perfect script and exacting choices of actors come together more perfectly than in "Starting Out in the Evening"? It just can't be done better. Maybe...


By Lsag412
Adnrew Wagner's Starting Out in the Evening is the best movie I've seen in years. It is thought provoking, smart, and wonderfully crafted. A film that you think about long after you've left the...

Great performance by Langella

By pomspringz
Very enjoyable in an off-beat way, particularly for anyone interested in the New York City literary scene. I found the sub-plot with Lili Taylor a little tedious and unnecessary, but the central...

tired plot

By brownman6
The plot was transparent and the movie slow. Good acting by male lead, young female was not a sympathetic character...

do not see this movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Tyreese de Gibril
this was possibly the worst movie i have ever seen in my life it was a complete waste of money stupid plot and an awful ending...

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Rated PG-13 | For sexual content, language and brief nudity