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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 to bring to the restaurant. Expand
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  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. 100
    It is one of the most beautifully staged American movies in a very long time.
  3. 89
    Big Night is, in a word, delicious.
  4. It's the moviegoing equivalent of great eating.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    A movie that is both as real as food on the table and as hauntingly evanescent as its taste on one's tongue.
  6. Both a delightful story and a great food movie that ranks with "Like Water for Chocolate'' or "Babette's Feast.''
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    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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  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
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  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. Expand

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