My Dinner with André
My Dinner with André (1981)

The quintessential "talk" film. Theater director Andre Gregory meets his old friend actor/playwright Wallace Shawn at an upscale New York restaurant to catch up on each other's lives. Gregory has travelled the world in search… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 11, 1981
DVD Release Date: February 13, 2001
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

This scripted literal "conversation piece"...was also acutely self-aware and just as much thought-provoking, offering a progressive cinematic paradigm... [Blu-ray]

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

(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.

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Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

But what an egg it is.

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Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio

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.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

... an intellectual bull session as cinematic performance piece...

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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

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Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

My Dinner with Andre is often celebrated for its audacity, but has now reached the point where it deserves similar credit for its prescience.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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

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Cole Smithey

Witty, urbane, original and very dated.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
There isn't really much to say about "My Dinner with Andre" other than that it's a simple, dialectic piece of filmmaking that feels like a… More
Jim Hunter
Two men talk about the proper way to live. I am having trouble deciphering whether I didn't like this film because of how much I disagreed with Andre, who… More
Christian C
"Tedium" is the only thing on the menu -- served raw.
Pierluigi Puccini
Brilliant dialectical piece. So simple and yet so transcendental.
Kevin M. Williams
First, the truth: this film put me to sleep 4, count 'em, 4 times of trying to watch it (but it was good sleep). Ahh, but the 5th's time the charm… More
Lanning : )
One huge star for Wally Shawn. He earns it--and I mean EARNS it--not for his acting ability--although I love him as an actor--but for sitting there and… More