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The brothers Primo and Secondo have come from Italy to America in hopes of running a successful, authentic Italian restaurant in 1950s-era New Jersey. Unfortunately they discover that they have an awful lot to learn about business in the New World. Much to their surprise, their newly opened Paradise Restaurant is not flooded with customers. The one customer they do have is unable to appreciate Primo's exquisitely prepared risotto because there is no spaghetti and meatballs on the side. When Primo hears this, he nearly becomes apoplectic with rage and Secondo must hastily try to mediate… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A charming, delicate repast prepared by Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A triumph for everyone involved, but especially for Stanley Tucci."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"A wonderful film about how the simple pleasures of life -- food, family, friends -- aren't so simple."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"As they always say, less is more."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Similar to Like Water for Chocolate, Big Night celebrates the sensuality of food. It will produce more salivating than an afternoon at Pavlov's lab."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"A small movie -- and that's its subtle charm."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"A lyrical love poem to food and family (or is it family or food?), this serio comedy joins the company of other fun movies about eating, such as Babette's Feast and Like Water for Chocolate."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"One's appetite will be big for both the food and the movie"
‑ Frank Ochieng, Movie Eye
"A well meaning but uninvolving drama. Why do we care about the chefs? I never really figured it out."
‑ Fred Topel,
"A sumptuous repast, most of the movie's scenes involve either preparing or serving food."
‑ Dwayne E. Leslie, Boxoffice Magazine
"Delicious adult fare sure to leave you hungry."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"A feast of great acting and tender, small moments"
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"Tucci and Shalhoub always deliver and Big Night is just futher evidence of that."
‑ Shawn Bowers, Kansas City Star
"It will be near-impossible not to stop at an Italian restaurant on the way home from this deliciously funny and insightful film."
‑ Louis B. Hobson, Jam! Movies
"Lovingly crafted by Stanley Tucci, it is a tribute to food, to all things American, to immigrants trying to make it, and to the love between brothers."
‑ Leslie Rigoulot, Film Scouts
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