Diner (1982)

Writer-director Barry Levinson's autobiographical first feature fondly remembers his Baltimore youth. It's late 1959, and six guys in their early twenties are stumbling into adulthood, alternating responsibility with carefree time… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: April 2, 1982
DVD Release Date: April 4, 2000
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Levinson's dialogue feels fresh and improvised, yet it hits its mark every time, and the performances he gets are complex and original.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Not a lot to it, but the sense of period is acute, the script witty without falling into the crude pitfalls that beset other adolescent comedies, and the performances are spot-on.

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Dan Jardine

The male quintet of friends is amusingly lampooned in Levinson's clever and cutting script, a refreshingly honest depiction of an era often bathed in sepia-toned nostalgia.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

The film is wonderfully cast and played.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Diner is often a very funny movie, although I laughed most freely not at the sexual pranks but at the movie's accurate ear, as it reproduced dialogue with great comic accuracy.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

With so much going for it, then, why doesn't 'Diner' emerge as a major statement? Mostly because of the recurring weakness of its screenplay.

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Variety Staff

For all his painstaking accuracy, Levinson has also concocted a dark and depressing period story devoid of a single person without a major problem or character flaw.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Movies like Diner -- fresh, well-acted and energetic American movies by new directors with the courage of their convictions -- are an endangered species.


Though nothing much happens this is a skilfully written comedy-drama that plays close attention to character and boasts fine performances by a quality cast.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
A sweet bit of nostalgia tugging on your memory, Diner is less about the dramatic turns of a group of friends, and more about a simpler time when most people… More
Wahida K
What is wrong with young folks these days. Its a great Movie.
Melvin White
Edward Eddie Simmons: If you want to talk, you always have the guys at the diner. You don't need a girl if you wanna talk.  "Suddenly, life was more… More
Tim Sigur
The thing about this film that I liked the most was that, for the first time in a long time, I felt that these were characters that I could actually hang out… More
Coxxie Mild Sauce
Mickey Rourke used to have a voice.
Jennifer Xu
I knew I was going to like this movie the minute I picked it up. First, the time period. Second, the concept of growing up (the bildungswoman). Third, the… More