Big Night
Big Night (1996)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 20, 1996
DVD Release Date: January 1, 1998
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The performances in Big Night are wonderful, and the food looks delicious.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

A charming, delicate repast prepared by Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

As delicately and deliciously prepared as the dishes it features, Big Night is a lyric to the love of food, family and persuasive acting.

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Nick Rogers
The Film Yap

It will send your salivary glands into Tex Avery territory, but "Big Night" is layered with the delicacy, care & closely guarded alchemy of a family recipe - evolving beyond food as emotional or communicative currency into something more bittersweet.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

A small movie -- and that's its subtle charm.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

It will paste a big, sloppy smile on your face from its opening moment. Good luck at dislodging it.

Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Delicious adult fare sure to leave you hungry.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

A feast of a film done on a low budget with a menu featuring top-grade acting, writing and direction.

James Berardinelli

When it comes to seeing Big Night, two words say it all: Bon appetite!

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Rob Gonsalves

A triumph for everyone involved, but especially for Stanley Tucci.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Michael Gildea
A really fun movie. This movie in itself is like a party.
Marcus Woolcott
Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub as Italian brothers running a restaurant should be a recipe for wit, comedy, and great drama. Sadly, when you bite into it,… More
Ryan Marshall
9.4/10 I love food. I love Italians. Lastly, I also love New Jersey, especially the shore area; mind the parts popularized by MTV's trashy television… More
James Kiester
This is a really charming little food movie, about a pair of Italian brothers trying to make it in the restaurant business. In a last-ditch effort to save… More
John Ballantine
The greatest film about food to come out of the U.S. Tucci is brilliant in his pet project.
Sunil Jawahir
Just great! I'd been meaning to see this for a few years but wow. Such a great story and such a great cast. It really feels like you are with them on this… More