|Samuel Goldwyn Company, The | Release Date: September 20, 1996||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
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]
It's so good, so jam-packed with delights, that it leaves you gorged -- and bemoaning the fatty glop that passes for moviemaking these days.
Like Primo's dishes, Big Night looks and tastes (yes, it does taste) like a labor of love.
There's an almost natty precision about this picture that's so rare these days in American movies that it provides satisfaction in itself.
The story, ultimately, is about the classic conflict between a desire to cherish and protect one's unique gifts from a brutal world and a more practical instinct to compromise beauty.
It is one of the most beautifully staged American movies in a very long time.
The film is loaded with brotherly affection and with warm, funny and poignant evocations of a gentler time.[20 September 1996, p.C12]
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