Duets Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Duets is a clumsily constructed motion picture that could have been a lot better with a tighter and more focused script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
January 1, 2000
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.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 1, 2000
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.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
January 1, 2000
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.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 18, 2009
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 1, 2000
There are too many characters, subplots and themes going on at the same time, so it's hard to connect with any of them.
Bob Bloom
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
October 18, 2007
I couldn't have karaoked less about it.
Full Review | Original Score: D
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
The film becomes an endurance test of tedious -- even painful -- labored dialogue and flat, counterfeit emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Every so often a movie comes along that's bad in such original and unexpected ways that it inspires an almost admiring fascination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
Substitute 'bland' for 'blonde' and you've got a pretty good description of [Paltrow's] movie.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
The joys of singing give the movie a hook, but when Duets aims for lyricism, it's got a tin ear.
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Duets is miserable as it crawls for two eternal hours toward being 'life-affirming.' Should any movie about karaoke be this relentlessly sour?
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Duets will be most appreciated by music buffs. The actual karaoke scenes attain the bounce that's missing from the rest of the film.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A conceptual train wreck.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 6, 2008
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Susan Granger
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
February 16, 2001
John Wrathall
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
January 1, 2000
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Gerry Gallo
Hollywood.com
November 20, 2008
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
October 28, 2011
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January 1, 2000
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