Duplex Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 26, 2003
Too much contrivance and not enough plausibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
September 25, 2003
Barrymore is refreshingly without any movie star vanity and seems to relish the chance to look silly.
| Original Score: C
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Gets old fast, and the pay-off disappoints.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 8, 2004
Duplex puts its viewers in a painful suplex.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 26, 2003
There's something missing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Todd Gilchrist
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-
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
April 30, 2004
Hard as it is to care about these homicidal homemakers, it is harder still to laugh at them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Eric D. Snider
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
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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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 26, 2003
If there is one positive thing about Duplex, and saying this requires a huge amount of charity, it's the performance by little known Eileen Essel, who musters whatever grace and genuine humour this sad little picture can manage.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 26, 2003
Duplex has its wacky, funny moments, but it misses the mark of a clever, dark comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A crude, disgusting, irritating, mean-spirited and unfunny dark comedy...
Christopher Null
September 24, 2003
occasionally, mildly humorous
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
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 28, 2003
... the film shows every sign of having been whittled down to its brittle, calcified comic bones.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 29, 2003
Dreary, tedious, and mean-spirited. And those are its good points.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 12, 2004
There's a nice dark comedy in this script that's flattened by DeVito's direction, which continually opts for manic goofiness and cruel vulgarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
March 4, 2004
What this little comedy needed was a little...comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Christy Lemire
San Francisco Examiner
October 18, 2008
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September 27, 2003

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September 28, 2003
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