Owen Gleiberman
November 21, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Starting Out in the Evening

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
111 minutes
Limited Release Date
11/23/07
performer
Lauren Ambrose, Frank Langella, Lili Taylor
director
Andrew Wagner
distributor
Roadside Attractions
author
Fred Parnes, Andrew Wagner
genre
Drama

We gave it an A-

As Leonard Schiller, a once-revered, now quasi-forgotten literary lion of the Upper West Side, Frank Langella gives a performance that is so layered with mourning and wit and experience that, for once, an acting-showcase movie lives up to its promise. Schiller is measuring out his life in typewriter strokes when a brilliant, adoring graduate student (Lauren Ambrose) enters his world. Their relationship flirts with sex, but it’s so much more. Andrew Wagner has made a lovely comedy of death and rebirth. A-

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