Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. If you're inclined toward women of the smart/sly variety, you'll leave with a massive crush on Hall. You might remember her as Christian Bale's long-suffering wife in "The Prestige." Here, she comes off as a sort of college-aged, raven-tressed, human rights-obsessed Emma Thompson, only cooler.
  2. The film successfully replicates the mellow charm of Brit hits "About A Boy" and "Love Actually."
  3. Despite its awkward title, Starter for 10 is a winning coming-of-age tale told with grace and charm.
  4. Starter for 10 is cute and smart, just like its star triangle, and it's also well-written, acted and directed.
  5. 75
    Shifting the self-deprecating japery of "High Fidelity" from a record store to a quiz show makes Starter for 10 a sweetly endearing date movie.
  6. 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.
  7. Some nice performances and modest laughs highlight this amiable British comedy.
  8. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    While at times overly familiar, the film never feels self-mocking.
  9. This is cheeky sitcom in a minor key, and fated to be a mere footnote on McAvoy's resume.
  10. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    It's all breezy and predictable.
  11. 63
    A mildly enjoyable romantic comedy.
  12. Your basic and basically predictable by-the-numbers picture.
  13. There's a tidiness and affection to this British homage to John Hughes movies.
  14. McAvoy succeeds in making the boy's mania for trivia endearing rather than annoying. As his (delayed) love interest, Rebecca Hall, playing a campus radical and the first Jewish person he has ever encountered, is stunning.
  15. 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.
  16. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    The result is something altogether more formulaic, but Starter for 10 nonetheless goes down easy, thanks in large part to the up-and-coming talent from across the pond and a steady infusion of the Cure, Wham!, and Tears for Fears on the soundtrack.
  17. Starter for Ten offsets its rite-of-passage clich├ęs with relaxed performances and an extremely likable lead.
  18. 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.
  19. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    If the journey is familiar, at least the company is good.
  20. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Showcasing the considerable talents of ubiquitous thesp James McAvoy ("The Last King of Scotland," "Penelope") and several other up-and-coming Brit actors, picture garnishes fairly standard college-set plot with wit, warmth and unexpected turns.
  21. The main novelty of this conventional, slight, but charming youth picture is that it's English and therefore more class-conscious than most American equivalents.
  22. 83
    A beautifully observed coming-of-age story.
  23. For the most part, it's all fairly predictable material, although McAvoy and his costars invest the movie with dynamic performances that manage to keep the story's characters just this side of stereotype and mediocrity.
  24. A surprisingly agile and delightfully warm romantic comedy.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. JayH
    Aug 30, 2009
    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. Full Review »
  2. TeriZ.
    Sep 20, 2007
    This is a gem of a movie. James McAvoy is amazing!
  3. GregoryL.
    Jul 14, 2007
    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. Full Review »