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We weren't particularly affected by Arthur's encounters with various strangers along the way. We think we know why: For the most part, we found ourselves watching a grown actor pretend to have a special connection. With a duck.
Writer-director Nic Bettauer can't decide whether to play Duck for tears or laughs.
Much of the journey becomes redundant, and the film likely would have been more effective as a 20-minute short.
There isn't much to it, but this odd little road movie from writer-director Nic Bettauer does boast a sincere charm, and fine performances from its two leading actors.
There are precedents for this kind of old-coot-and-adorable-pet cinema, but the director, a USC film grad, demonstrates little in the way of keenness or even sentimentality.
Audience Reviews for Duck
Dumb. Here's the thing, this was SUCH a good idea for a movie, and it was done SO wrong... the screenplay made no sense... he mentions WWII and Kilroy was here, then decides to name the Duck Joe... there were absolutely no transitions between scenes, the music was overly distracting, and all the extras were terrible actors that just kept pulling away from the ultimate point of the movie... which I guess there were several of... also a bad idea... Started out strong, and then committed suicide within the first five minutes... This movie could have been great 50 years ago, as a cartoon, or as a high school senior's film project where the budget was ... a duck... to whom I give one star.
Great concept, but incredibly boring. The script isn't good, although Philip Baker Hall does great with a horrible role. The duck is a pretty good actor. There is no reason for so much of the movie to be in red. It isn't often when you can point out bad editing, but here the editing is really off.
I loved the simplicity and pacing of the film. Well acted, sensitively directed and pleasant cinematography. It can be a bit slow moving, but overall it works.
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