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Big Night Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    80

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The real feast is in the mix of characters, each so finely and unschmaltzily delineated in a script so confident and controlled that even the most passing of participants comes alive.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    By the end of the movie, we have been through an emotional and a sensual wringer, in a film of great wisdom and delight.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    In addition to their deft skill with light drama, the directors understand well-placed humor, and throw just the right amount of comedy into the mix to make Big Night fun without turning it into an outright farce.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    A robustly imaginative sleeper

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune John Petrakis

    May not have the size and grandeur of some of the biographical and political epics being released this fall, but I defy you to find a better written, more honest -- or yes, more satisfying and delicious -- movie this year. [27 September 1996, Friday, p.C]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Delicious adult fare sure to leave you hungry.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Secondo cheats on his girlfriend and lies to his brother. Pascal curses all the time (but it's clearly part of his schmoozing, insincere personality), lies, and manipulates. Many characters drink, and Phyllis drinks to the point of vomiting. Primo and Secondo fight with each other. Some strong language.

  • Families can talk about how the brothers take care of each other and also pursue their own dreams. Which brother do you most identify with and how would you have handled a similar situation? Families can also talk about their own family history of moving to the U.S. How did the family deal with the struggle between assimilating (as Segundi does) and keeping traditional values (like Primo)?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false3

    Sex: Characters are shown in bed together, Secondo cheats on his girlfriend.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink and smoke.

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