Mid-August Lunch


Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16

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  1. A gem whose intelligent, gentle, deadpan humor is entirely irresistible.
  2. A slender Chekhovian vignette about the joys and regrets of old age and the pleasures of sociability.
  3. 88
    The movie is a perfect blend of calm execution and uninflected farce.
  4. It may be difficult for the youth-obsessed American culture to appreciate the quiet joys rendered in this Italian charmer. But, given the increasing dominion of the Baby-Boomer Generation--hungry for life-affirming images of old age--Mid-August Lunch could prove a sleeper-in-the-making.
  5. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    The semi-improvised performances and gently nostalgic tone makes this endearing and captivating.
  6. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    A surefire pleaser for crowds of a certain age.
  7. Thankfully, the actor-director prepares this potential recipe for hokeyness with all-natural ingredients, casting four of the feistiest biddies he could find, who are all the more endearing for being unadorned.
  8. The whole thing is as satisfying as a meal at a slow food restaurant, and when Gianni's mother gratefully tells her son, "you mellow these hours," we wholeheartedly agree.
  9. The film is a slice of life, and although nothing earthshaking happens, at only 75 minutes long, it never quite tries your patience either.
  10. Everything about Mid-August Lunch is simple and unpretentious, from the black-out scene transitions to the folk-dance score, as the four isolated, elderly women, over a couple of days and meals, become a circle of companions.
  11. 75
    It’s a trifle, but a trifle that sticks.
  12. A pleasant taste of Roman life.
  13. From its first minutes, Mid-August Lunch establishes a special tone and quality that could only be Italian. It's a mixture of warmth and gentle farce, tender observation and absurdity.
  14. These women are marvelous, with ancient, creased faces and the kind of admirable f...-all attitude that comes with age. I couldn't take my eyes off them.
  15. 60
    Watching this lauded but fatally slight comedy of manners about a middle-aged Italian who finds himself caring for four spunky old dames, it's hard to believe writer, director, and star Gianni Di Gregorio also co-wrote the bloody mafia hit "Gomorrah."
  16. It's tasty enough, and probably good for you, but at 73 minutes, the film is hardly a very filling entree.

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