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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. 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. 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. TravisR.
    Sep 15, 2005
    It is perfect.
  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. 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. Collapse

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