My Dinner with André
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My Dinner with André
A extended conversation between two old friends over dinner proves an unexpectedly fascinating subject for a film in the critically acclaimed My Dinner with André. The talkers in question are André Gregory, a renowned experimental theater director, and playwright and actor Wallace Shawn, both of whom play themselves. The film is not a documentary, but a condensation of several real discussions fashioned into a dramatic exchange by Shawn and director Louis Malle. The subtle conflict stems from the differences in the men's characters: Gregory is an inquisitive, uninhibited wanderer, willing… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The dining duo struggle with words between bites, groping for a recipe summoning the meaning of life. And in a movie that redefined as a surprising and inventive enduring classic, both leading man requisites and filmmaking conventions."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Radio
"... an intellectual bull session as cinematic performance piece..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"Louis Malle's film was unique and exceptional in 1981, and it's still fairly unusual. It's a lesson in the value of listening and squeezing riches about humanity out of the swag of talk"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Like watching paint dry, only less entertaining."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"My Dinner with Andre is often celebrated for its audacity, but has now reached the point where it deserves similar credit for its prescience."
‑ Michael Nordine, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"What makes the film so intriguing and so beguiling and so utterly wonderful is the way it slowly reveals itself, uncoiling in ways that don't produce dramatic fireworks, but rather gradual realizations"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Witty, urbane, original and very dated."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"It's difficult to criticize the experiments of a movie that so boldly disregards most cinematic convention."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"(It) is a downright transgressive film because it brazenly allows its characters to just talk. Actually it allows Andre to talk and, just as importantly, for Wally to listen."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"But what an egg it is."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"It's all talk, most of it interesting."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (
"A couple of New York intellectuals get together for dinner and have a confessional chat about their life. Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory play themselves."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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