1st Night
1st Night (2013)

Adam (Richard E. Grant) is a rich industrialist, who aspires to a more cultured world. Spurred on by playful jibes that he is little more than a city suit living the capitalist's dream, this frustrated amateur opera singer decides to… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 3, 2013
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Stephen Holden
New York Times

A pallid gloss of a work that teems with deception, disguise and mistaken identity, not to mention humor.

Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald

First Night feels like a missed opportunity.

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Emma Dibdin
Total Film

Proceedings swiftly descend into sub-Richard Curtis territory with little of the wit.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

The movie may appeal to theater aficionados and Juilliard undergrads, but to the average moviegoer, it's a trudge.

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Michael Sauter
Film Journal International

The music of Mozart seems too big for the "book" of this minor-key romantic roundelay, which nevertheless manages to be increasingly, albeit mildly, engaging.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Its structure aims for Shakespeare, but is little more than shaky, its dialogue is dire and there is enough ham and wood in the performances to make a perfectly good barbecue.

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Pete Vonder Haar
Village Voice

It's hard to explain why every character in 1st Night behaves like an adolescent in a sitcom.

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Drew Hunt
Slant Magazine

The political dynamic that underpins The Rules of the Game is nonexistent in 1st Night, which is fixated entirely on the zany sexcapades of its characters.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

There are two things in this film's favour: Mozart on the soundtrack and the location, within the grounds of a splendid country house.

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