Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 100
    By the end of the movie, we have been through an emotional and a sensual wringer, in a film of great wisdom and delight.
  2. Reviewed by: Barbara Shulgasser
    Big Night's beauty is the fact that it is about passion.
  3. 100
    It is one of the most beautifully staged American movies in a very long time.
  4. The real feast is in the mix of characters, each so finely and unschmaltzily delineated in a script so confident and controlled that even the most passing of participants comes alive.
  5. 89
    Big Night is, in a word, delicious.
  6. 88
    May not have the size and grandeur of some of the biographical and political epics being released this fall, but I defy you to find a better written, more honest -- or yes, more satisfying and delicious -- movie this year. [27 September 1996, Friday, p.C]
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    A robustly imaginative sleeper
  8. 88
    In addition to their deft skill with light drama, the directors understand well-placed humor, and throw just the right amount of comedy into the mix to make Big Night fun without turning it into an outright farce.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Jun 5, 2012
    Piece of Advice DON'T WATCH THIS MOVIE WHILE YOUR HUNGRY!!! YOU WILL RESOLVE TO CANNIBALISM! But seriously, this was a really good film. It was about two brothers who own a lovely italian restaurant with authentic cuisine.....BUT They're are losing customers fast as a new restaurant with not classical, but more 'joking around' kind of food takes all there business. Will a 'Big Night' of cooking and preparing for a HUGE dinner party with a special guest save the restaurant? Overall, great film. Full Review »
  2. DavidO.
    Aug 31, 2006
    One of the finest "little movies" of the last 30 years. An absolute gem full of spot-on acting and wonderful writing.
  3. TravisR.
    Sep 15, 2005
    It is perfect.