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  • Summary: Adam is a rich industrialist, who aspires to a more cultured world. Spurred on by playful jibes that he is little more than a city suit living the capitalist dream, this frustrated amateur opera singer decides to stage an opera at his lavish country retreat. Once his friends see him belting out the notes, he feels sure it will spell the end to their shallow taunts. In fact, it might even help him win the hand of a female conductor he has been pursuing whom - it just so happens - is the first to be recruited for his showpiece. Collapse
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  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    May 6, 2013
    40
    This farcical romantic comedy lacks the charm and star power to compensate for its contrived plotting and only mildly amusing situations.
  2. Reviewed by: Charles Gant
    Apr 27, 2013
    40
    Many of the actors give performances in line with their low profile here.
  3. Reviewed by: Emma Dibdin
    Apr 27, 2013
    40
    It’s to director Chris Menaul’s credit that his lack of big-screen experience isn’t evident, but the same can’t be said for his cast who are, by and large, too stiff to charm.
  4. Reviewed by: Chris Menaul
    Apr 27, 2013
    40
    The standard of acting is poor beyond belief. What happened to Grant’s career that he should be in the likes of this?
  5. Reviewed by: Pete Vonder Haar
    Apr 30, 2013
    30
    The depressingly predictable script—and tendency of everyone involved to jump to ridiculous conclusions—suggests a combination of Noises Off at best, and at worst, Three's Company.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    May 2, 2013
    30
    If 1st Night had a glint of social satire, it might have amounted to something more than a frivolous fatuity. But it plays as an arch, hammily acted farce.
  7. Reviewed by: Drew Hunt
    Apr 27, 2013
    25
    The political dynamic that underpins The Rules of the Game is nonexistent in 1st Night, which is fixated entirely on the zany sexcapades of its characters.

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