Starter for 10
Starter for 10 (2006)

A working-class English boy who has been fortunate enough to be accepted into a posh private university struggles to realize his lifelong dream while simultaneously winning the heart of the girl he loves in a romantic, bittersweet comedy… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 23, 2006
DVD Release Date: July 31, 2007
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Starter For 10 is a spirited coming-of-age tale that remains charming and witty even as it veers into darker teritory. The unique setting of a quiz show makes the film wittier than your average romantic comedy.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Conventional, slight, but charming.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

[The film] bears many of the hallmarks of teen comedies, but also boasts virtues not generally associated with the genre, such as wit, class consciousness, multidimensional characters, and a penetrating intelligence.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a perfectly watchable (yet far-from-memorable) romantic comedy/coming-of-age story.

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David Fear
Time Out

There's nothing here we haven't seen done better before.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

Some nice performances and modest laughs highlight this amiable British comedy about a young man who goes off to Bristol University in the mid-'80s and does what young people naturally do when they go to college.

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Michael Szymanski

Pure feel-good romantic nostalgia, whether you lived in 1980's London or not.

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Chris Tilly
Time Out

This is expertly crafted entertainment that follows all the beats of a traditional romantic comedy, but it's done with such sincerity that it's difficult to begrudge the odd descent into cliché.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Written by David Nicholls, adapting his own novel, and directed by Tom Vaughan, a British TV veteran making his feature debut, Starter for 10 clips along smartly.

Heather Huntington

A sweet, funny nostalgia trip back to the '80s for the anglophile in all of us.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Liked this one a lot - I like anything with an 80's theme, generally, but this actually is very likeable and has some funny bits to it. Rebecca Hall was… More
Jakey Labios
This is the one movie the cliches of a romcom can be completely forgiven as the adaptation of David Nicholls' own novel still imparts its conventional wit… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
A young James McAvoy delivers in Starter For 10, a slightly cliched romance-comedy feature.
Jim Hunter
How could I dislike a film with this many Cure songs? I was impressed by McAvoy's comic timing, which doesn't come through in a lot of his other work.… More
Alice Shen
What's not to love about a nebbish, made-under James McAvoy with daddy issues? As with Rachel Weisz, I prefer Rebecca Hall's American accent to her… More
Conner Rainwater
A great story and acted perfectly by James McAvoy. It is an incredibly charming film with almost no examples of weak points. It is fairly original and manages… More