Big Night

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80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics What's this?

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8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 25 Ratings

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  • Summary: The story of two Italian brothers, Primo (Shalhoub) and Secondo (Tucci), who immigrated to America with the dream of running a successful restaurant. As their business struggles, they pin all of their hopes on a lavish banquet honoring star vocalist Louis Prima, who a friend has promised toThe story of two Italian brothers, Primo (Shalhoub) and Secondo (Tucci), who immigrated to America with the dream of running a successful restaurant. As their business struggles, they pin all of their hopes on a lavish banquet honoring star vocalist Louis Prima, who a friend has promised to bring to the restaurant. Collapse

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Big Night's beauty is the fact that it is about passion.
  2. 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.
  3. 89
    Big Night is, in a word, delicious.
  4. The New York Times
    Reviewed by: Elvis Mitchell
    80
    The film is loaded with brotherly affection and with warm, funny and poignant evocations of a gentler time.[20 September 1996, p.C12]
  5. It's the moviegoing equivalent of great eating.
  6. Both a delightful story and a great food movie that ranks with "Like Water for Chocolate'' or "Babette's Feast.''
  7. Film.com
    Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    50
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. TravisR.
    Sep 15, 2005
    10
    It is perfect.
  2. DavidO.
    Aug 31, 2006
    10
    One of the finest "little movies" of the last 30 years. An absolute gem full of spot-on acting and wonderful writing.
  3. Jun 5, 2012
    10
    Piece of Advice DON'T WATCH THIS MOVIE WHILE YOUR HUNGRY!!! YOU WILL RESOLVE TO CANNIBALISM! But seriously, this was a really good film. ItPiece 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. Expand
  4. Dec 29, 2014
    10
    I just thought I'd come here and say that I need movies like this in my life. Genuine, indulgent, subtle, aching. In short, done with palpable care...
  5. Jan 13, 2015
    10
    Sometimes a movie is perfect, its rare but sometimes it happens. This is a very rare movie!

    Every element of this movie works with ease and
    Sometimes a movie is perfect, its rare but sometimes it happens. This is a very rare movie!

    Every element of this movie works with ease and subtle perfection. There is not a bad performance by any actor involved, the script, the pace, the direction, production, heck everything about this movie makes me feel joy.

    It feels like a long time since a movie made me feel warm inside.

    Thank you to all involved in the making of BIG NIGHT, you've improved my life. X
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