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Duplex Reviews

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Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
October 17, 2003
Occasionally, if disturbingly, quite funny.
Brian Orndorf
Modamag.com
October 10, 2003
The interplay between Stiller, Barrymore, and the elderly Essel is what makes Duplex hum perfectly at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
October 9, 2003
A controlled farce that finds its cast mining several big laughs while DeVito, the cynic, deepens the dysfunction with a final surprise twist.
| Original Score: B
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
October 8, 2003
In a show that at least has its brevity going for it, Drew Barrymore and Ben Stiller are wasted in "Duplex." Its badly constructed plot collapses after the movie goes from silly to tasteless.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/4
Mac Verstandig
The Badger Herald
October 4, 2003
...other than a few shining moments, 'Duplex' relies entirely upon juvenile sight gags to generate jokes that really aren't all that amusing.
| Original Score: D
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
October 3, 2003
Although I could have done with a few less gross-out jokes, the film is most definitely funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
October 2, 2003
Another DeVito black comedy in which one character tries to knock off another. Stiller and the 81-year-old Essel make worthy adversaries but there's really only one joke here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
October 2, 2003
Duplex falls into the weaker category of DeVito's warped wit where the intended mockery fell as flat as a tire riding over an army of thumb tacks...needs some serious renovation in its floors of so-called genuine chuckles
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 1, 2003
Whatever can be said about the rest of the movie, Eileen Essel rates an unqualified 'wow.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
October 1, 2003
Call it a fixer-upper with potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
October 1, 2003
The ending, forgoing morbidity for Christmas Eve morality, is a left-field letdown. It's an upper where it doesn't need it, but Duplex sure could use some fixing.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
October 1, 2003
Nothing is plausible, and no one is likable. It does not build or flow; it lurches. It isn't funny, because it isn't believable. This isn't entertainment. This is an irritant.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
September 30, 2003
... An inspired black comedy sharing the same roof with a vile, mean-spirited revenge melodrama. Like its bewildered landlords saddled with an impossible tenant, these two unwitting roommates co-habitate uneasily at best.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ed Park
Village Voice
September 30, 2003
Essell is brightly malevolent, and Stiller is perfect as the well-meaning homeowner.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
September 29, 2003
Duplex has its finger on something many of us can relate to, and it milks enough laughs of recognition to earn a moderate recommendation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Todd Gilchrist
FilmStew.com
September 29, 2003
A sadly appropriate follow-up to DeVito's Death To Smoochy debacle, Duplex reveals not only the actors' and filmmakers' narcissism, but the studios' arrogance that such a calculated combination of proven talent will necessarily result in box office glory-
Top Critic
September 29, 2003
One of the most unnerving slapstick extravaganzas I've ever seen.
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
September 29, 2003
When a single look can make me laugh harder than any three films I can name this year, that has to be worth something.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
September 29, 2003
There are too many snot-and-vomit jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 29, 2003
If you want to see Danny DeVito do good work, see him in Anything Else right now, the Woody Allen movie.
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