Starting Out in the Evening
Starting Out in the Evening (2007)

Frank Langella (Dracula, Good Night, and Good Luck.) stars in Andrew Wagner's independent drama Starting Out in the Evening, an adaptation of the acclaimed 1999 best-seller by Brian Morton. Langella plays Leonard Schiller, a… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 23, 2007
DVD Release Date: April 22, 2008
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Starting Out in the Evening features sharp dialogue and moving performances from the talented Frank Langella and Lili Taylor.

Jonathan F. Richards

Starting Out in the Evening is thrilling in a way that a movie larded with car chases and explosions can seldom be, because of the way it deals with that basic building block of civilization, the creative process.

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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star

What to do with this light, while it lasts? [Director] Wagner's problem is to find an answer to that question and also to offer some resolution to the conflicts of honesty and compromise the movie portrays.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

For all its sturm and drang, there is an elegiac quality about the film, maybe because fewer and fewer people apparently care very much about writing or writers.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

Langella's nuanced performance saves the film; the actor has an understated but powerful role, and he takes full advantage.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A strong cast and a literate script make for a refreshingly subtle film.

S. James Wegg

ut when all is finally revealed it’s gesture—especially the hands—that lifts this film into the ranks of extraordinary and ... bears repeated viewings to savour the subtlety and intimate sense of self.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

It's Langella's performance that anchors the film.

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David Denby
New Yorker

Langella is superb, and Starting Out in the Evening is a classy film... but it could have used a little less circumspection, a little more juice.

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Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Starting Out in the Evening has a formidable performance by Frank Langella to recommend it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
paul sandberg
In what could be considered the main theme of Starting Out The Evening, there is the well thought out and acted questions regarding the relationship between a… More
Rico Zamora
This movie has everything that I love in a movie: an air-tight, engaging and excellently-written script; cream-of-the crop actors (talent-wise, not… More
Jim Hunter
A reserved, hard-working, washed-up novelist battles age as a young grad student interviews him for her thesis and his relationship with his daughter falters… More
Walter M.
In "Starting out in the Evening," Leonard Schiller(Frank Langella) is an aging novelist whose novels have long been out of print and now teaches… More
jay nixon
Wonderful performance from Frank Langella is the main attraction of this film. Slow and at times a little dull but worthwhile to watch a master at work.
Glenn Gaylord
Really fine performances by everyone, but man has this film been played out a million times over and over?