Its fundamental error is that it tries to squeeze bittersweet heartbreak and goofy social satire into the same story. Just when the movie gets the rhythm, it steps on its own feet.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Duets is a clumsily constructed motion picture that could have been a lot better with a tighter and more focused script.
| Original Score: 2/4
I never got a sense from the film that singing to prerecorded music in front of beer-swilling, half-listening amateur singers can set you free.
Because Giamatti is so good and the rest of Duets is so only-OK, it feels lop-sided. Kind of like a duet between Whitney Houston and me.
There are ... a number of loose ends that are not wrapped up, ideas that are started but left unfinished, and far more karaoke singing than you ever need to see in your life, let alone in one movie.
| Original Score: D
All the principal actors appear to be in pain. Gwyneth looks befuddled by Dad's direction: all she can do is crunch down her eyebrows in despair.
"Duets" is a frustratingly mediocre road movie that connects three unlikely pairs of people in the much maligned phenomenon of Karaoke singing as a metaphor for "finding the meaning of life" by sharing their interpretations of pop songs.
| Original Score: C
There are too many characters, subplots and themes going on at the same time, so it's hard to connect with any of them.
I couldn't have karaoked less about it.
| Original Score: 3/10
The film becomes an endurance test of tedious -- even painful -- labored dialogue and flat, counterfeit emotions.
| Original Score: 1/4
| Original Score: 2/4
Every so often a movie comes along that's bad in such original and unexpected ways that it inspires an almost admiring fascination.
| Original Score: 3/5
Substitute 'bland' for 'blonde' and you've got a pretty good description of [Paltrow's] movie.
The joys of singing give the movie a hook, but when Duets aims for lyricism, it's got a tin ear.
Duets is miserable as it crawls for two eternal hours toward being 'life-affirming.' Should any movie about karaoke be this relentlessly sour?
| Original Score: D+
Duets will be most appreciated by music buffs. The actual karaoke scenes attain the bounce that's missing from the rest of the film.
A conceptual train wreck.
| Original Score: 1/5