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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 20, 2018
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  • Summary: Newly sober journalist Danny Tate (Jamie Dornan) finds himself spending one rollicking night in Los Angeles with Fantasy Island actor Hervé Villechaize (Peter Dinklage) in this movie inspired by real events directed and co-written by Sacha Gervasi.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Oct 19, 2018
    83
    Dinklage excels in a very difficult role to pull off while Dornan keeps pace as his reluctant Boswell. Their love story, so to speak, is both an entertaining romp and a cautionary tale about a rocket ride to fame and the abundant excesses and afflictions that often are part and parcel.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 18, 2018
    83
    The film is mostly a dance between Dinklage (also an executive producer here) and Dornan, who rises to the occasion and gives the best performance of his career as a man struggling to hang on to his sobriety even as he’s dragged through a hell of Los Angeles.
  3. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Oct 30, 2018
    80
    Dinklage catches the character’s anger, self-pity, and, most importantly, his exuberant recklessness. ... My Dinner with Hervé cannot make a straight-faced claim that Villechaize was an important actor or significant cultural figure, so its own significance depends on the star’s charisma, which lends the proceedings a simple poignance.
  4. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Oct 16, 2018
    70
    As Danny, Dornan makes a fine and necessarily sweaty foil for Dinklage, though the paralleling of his own ruined work and home life to Villechaize’s never quite works. ... It’s a searing and vulnerable turn from Dinklage.
  5. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Oct 16, 2018
    60
    It doesn’t do enough to center [Hervé Villechaize's] story, focusing instead on how the star changed a journalist’s life. But it will begin to make you see Villechaize in a new light, not least because of Peter Dinklage’s performance. Dinklage inhabits the late actor’s unique diction and the ballistic energy he brought to his performances and, later, to annihilating himself. It’s a turn that’s sensitively calibrated despite its mania.
  6. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Oct 19, 2018
    50
    The movie heightens the push-pull between the two men, each in his own way desperate. But it also formularizes the story into standard biopic territory and, like most all-nighters, it grows hazy and repetitive in the middle.
  7. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Oct 22, 2018
    42
    My Dinner With Hervé exists because two people shared a passion for the story they either lived through (Gervasi) or were inspired by (Dinklage). Unfortunately, so little of whatever sparked their persistent interest makes it to the screen. What’s left are two dudes with varying degrees of moral disrepair shouting at each other across the Hollywood Hills. That’s not enough to hold up an entire feature, or even a good dinner conversation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Oct 28, 2018
    6
    Despite having the HBO Films quality, in general terms this film is too conventional but it works as a great showcase for Peter Dinklage whoDespite having the HBO Films quality, in general terms this film is too conventional but it works as a great showcase for Peter Dinklage who continues to show that his talent is enormous.
    I know it sounds ridiculous but what kind of roles he would be getting if he didn't suffer from achondroplasia.

    But I must also mention that Jamie Dornan surprised me. His performance is not big but he makes it clear that he can do way better things than 50 Shades of Grey.

    Watch it, but with obvious reservations.
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  2. Oct 25, 2018
    3
    I gave this film two shots at watching it. I was never a big Heve fan, to begin with, but curious to give this movie a shot. For me it was aI gave this film two shots at watching it. I was never a big Heve fan, to begin with, but curious to give this movie a shot. For me it was a bust, the scenes move very slowly and I realized. Hey, I don't care enough about this Herve's past to spend my time watching it so i quit watching it again. Dinklage does a great job, but this fill still only gets a rating of 3 from me. Expand