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Frank Langella (Dracula, Good Night, and Good Luck.) stars in Andrew Wagner's independent drama Starting Out in the Evening, an adaptation of the acclaimed 1999 best-seller by Brian Morton. Langella plays Leonard Schiller, a once-celebrated author whose first four novels inspired Heather Wolfe (Lauren Ambrose) to pursue a career as a writer. These days, Leonard is still working toward completion of the novel that has occupied his life for nearly a decade. On the surface, Leonard has removed himself completely from the deep-seated need for success that characterized his life at an earlier… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"Starting Out in the Evening is thrilling in a way that a movie larded with car chases and explosions can seldom be, because of the way it deals with that basic building block of civilization, the creative process."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"What to do with this light, while it lasts? [Director] Wagner's problem is to find an answer to that question and also to offer some resolution to the conflicts of honesty and compromise the movie portrays."
‑ Philip Marchand, Toronto Star
"ut when all is finally revealed it’s gesture—especially the hands—that lifts this film into the ranks of extraordinary and ... bears repeated viewings to savour the subtlety and intimate sense of self."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"Awkward and sometimes overly subtle, but compelling performances by a cast of normally supporting actors who make the most of their much deserved chance to carry a film."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"Wagner's film is an elegy of sorts for that once-mighty beast known as the New York Writer, a creature that now finds itself increasingly marginalized in a world in which readers are getting scarcer and shelf space for serious fiction is dwindling daily."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Langella's nuanced performance saves the film; the actor has an understated but powerful role, and he takes full advantage."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"A strong cast and a literate script make for a refreshingly subtle film."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Starting Out in the Evening has a formidable performance by Frank Langella to recommend it."
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"Wagner has turned the page on a promising career, and it will be exciting to see what the next chapter brings."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"By and large, Starting Out in the Evening is smart and considered and grown-up and credibly human filmmaking."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"It's Langella's performance that anchors the film."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Langella is superb, and Starting Out in the Evening is a classy film... but it could have used a little less circumspection, a little more juice."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"A bravura performance from Frank Langella blended into a lackluster story."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Criminally overlooked, this is a great movie, about which I could find no complaint or overt flaw except feeling that Taylor (whom I do love) was mostly a distraction. See it if you can."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"Just may be the best film of 2007 that you've probably never heard of."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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