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  • Summary: A romantic comedy set in the mid-eighties about a working-class kid struggling to make his way in the rarefied world of an upper-class British university, Starter for 10 is a bittersweet tale about loyalty, class, falling in love and the difference between knowledge and wisdom. (Picturehouse)
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Despite its awkward title, Starter for 10 is a winning coming-of-age tale told with grace and charm.
  2. McAvoy is charismatic, funny, and on the mark. Hall and Eve are both just right in their roles - bringing depth and detail to what could have been caricature parts. And if Starter for 10 takes a turn into foolhardy tragedy, it doesn't linger too long there.
  3. The joy is in watching a talented cast make something crisp and fresh out of material that -- though perfectly adequate and enjoyable -- trespasses little into territory that's new or out of the traditionally plotted points of the genre.
  4. McAvoy, so memorable as Idi Amin's doctor turned adviser in last year's "The Last King of Scotland," may be the most likable British newcomer since Ewan McGregor; his glistening eyes can seduce audiences with their ability to show conflicting emotions.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    It's all breezy and predictable.
  6. Your basic and basically predictable by-the-numbers picture.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. TeriZ.
    Sep 20, 2007
    10
    This is a gem of a movie. James McAvoy is amazing!
  2. GregoryL.
    Jul 14, 2007
    10
    Definitely.... I read the book 2 years ago and just discovered that it had a movie made... the movie helped a lot with some of the problems i Definitely.... I read the book 2 years ago and just discovered that it had a movie made... the movie helped a lot with some of the problems i had been having with my gf and my best friend! Brian is particularly inspiring, and Alice was charmingly beautiful... I'd say that Alice would have been good with Brian... Rebecca surprised me at the end, as the book didn't mention their reunion. Expand
  3. JayH
    Aug 30, 2009
    7
    What makes this film work is the rich characterizations, great acting, a believable screenplay and thoughtful direction. The score is a great What makes this film work is the rich characterizations, great acting, a believable screenplay and thoughtful direction. The score is a great asset to the film, good use of songs. It's entertaining, touching and has a great pace. Expand
  4. DWilly
    Mar 2, 2007
    2
    Good God this is a bad movie. Not just bad, student film bad... and not just student film bad, English student film bad with its attendant Good God this is a bad movie. Not just bad, student film bad... and not just student film bad, English student film bad with its attendant whimsy and narrowness and embarassed-at-its-leering sexual stiffness. For all the exagerated critical numbers, there was no one in the theater when I entered and there was no one in the theater when the credits rolled. Expand

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