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The Dukes Reviews

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 11, 2008
Davi, who has the kind of handsomely weathered face that has spent a lot of time gazing into the sun, clearly poured his heart into this movie, and it shows.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
November 21, 2008
The sweetness grows cloying by the end, but perhaps that's fitting for a film that's so clearly a labor of love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 21, 2008
The Dukes may be hard to find on the big screen, but it's worth keeping an eye out for once it reaches DVD.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 19, 2008
Here's the little movie that could, a potent directing debut for actor Robert Davi.
| Original Score: 3/4
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New York Magazine/Vulture
November 18, 2008
The old-fashioned story is aided by surprisingly smooth direction, as well as likable performances from Davi himself, Chazz Palmintieri, and a perfectly cast Peter Bogdanovich.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 14, 2008
Jokes about a matron at an Italian restaurant and a guy with a thing for fat chicks only take you so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 14, 2008
[It's] about the kinds of showbiz hangers-on seen in the background of a Scorsese movie, and it feels like those guys decided they were the real stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 14, 2008
The Dukes tastes like pasta sauce that has sat on the shelf long after the expiration date on the can.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
November 13, 2008
The Dukes could use more music and less sap, but it's refreshing to see a film about the problems of working-class men on the far side of middle age, struggling just to get by.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
November 12, 2008
Unforced camaraderie and some effective slapstick save this low-aspiration vehicle from its budgetary shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 12, 2008
It's an enjoyable way to pass 90 minutes. But to call it an important movie with big ideas is like saying Miley Cyrus sings like Ella Fitzgerald.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
November 12, 2008
How, though, to resent a work of such deliberate inconsequence?
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Joe Leydon
Variety
October 18, 2008
With Davi and Chazz Palminteri fronting a first-rate ensemble cast, and a tasty soundtrack of golden oldies, this unpretentious indie dramedy has much to recommend.