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Starting Over

comedy, romance

Burt Reynolds plays Phil Potter, a low-key, contented magazine writer who tries to put his life back together after his wife Jessica (Candice Bergen) opts for independence as a singer-songwriter.

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Top Critic Reviews


- Derek Adams, Time Out, Thursday, February 9, 2006


- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Janet Maslin, New York Times, Monday, May 9, 2005

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Starting Over have a good entertaining and some good laughs that prove a good film. It's not the best movie by Brooks or Pakula, but it's a delightful and nice way to pass the time. Fresh.

- fb100002359227440, Friday, June 8, 2012

4 stars

A truly engaging comedy of modern manners. a love trangle, with two brilliant lead star performances by Burt Reynolds and the late Jill Clayburgh. Reynolds in one his finest performances as Phil Potter, a newly divorced man struggling to choose between a teacher Marilyn Holmberg, played so endearingly by Jill Clayburgh in a Oscar nominated performance, and his capricious, song writing ex-wife Jessica Potter, played by scene stealer Candice Bergen, who is marvelously funny, especially when she is singing to Burt with a voice that could wake the dead, her comedic talents are very evident here, there are other marvelous scenes like the church-sponsored divorced men's discussion group that Burt's a part of, it is hilarious with sharp witty dialogue. Terrific supporting performances from Charles Durning, Frances Sternhagen, Austin Pendleton, and Jay O. Sanders. A smart, warm romantic gem from the late 70s, smoothly directed by Alan Pakula, and wonderfully written by James L. Brooks. Highly Recommended.

- Dannyrovira, Wednesday, March 2, 2011

3 stars

Decent romantic comedy. Burt Reynolds is surprisingly good and he gives one of his best performances. Candice Bergen is hilarious as the woman he is separated from. I have never been a fan of Jill Clayburgh, but she is pretty good in this one.

- jam233, Friday, August 21, 2009