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Betty Jo Tucker
Duffy's story is a potentially notable one, but this documentary's amateur production values and the man's grating personality make it not-so-enjoyable watching.
Smith and Montana's film suffers, ironically, for being told from a point of view too inside the action.
| Original Score: C
The caustic cautionary tale of overnight success sabotaged by vanity and arrogance is perversely fascinating, to be sure, but blunt and ineloquent.
Even a Slobodan like Weinstein would find Duffy's feature-length monologue grim going.
This documentary tells the story of Troy Duffy, a bartender in Los Angeles who became a minor celebrity when Miramax offered him $1 million for a screenplay.
| Original Score: 2/5
If you're curious, you can rent The Boondock Saints on video, without stirring the embers of Duffy's ego.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Audiences may reasonably wonder why they're being asked to spend time with Duffy. It's not an easy question to answer.
| Original Score: C+
While the film follows Duffy's business disasters and blusterings, it never really offers much depth on either its central subject or his posse.
...plays out like an 82-minute attack on [Troy Duffy] by a couple of exceedingly bitter ex-colleagues.
| Original Score: 2/4
Watching a guy who thinks he can do no wrong behave badly for 82 minutes is tiresome.
So it's a happy ending, then: The obnoxious creep gets smacked down in public. The trouble is, to get that warm feeling, you have to spend time with Duffy.
A cautionary time excursion into another standard-issue rise and fall scenario, about making movies and recording albums.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Even as a tragic hero, Duffy's a bully and a bore.
Overnight is the hard-to-watch story of a filmmaker/musician who is so unlikable that his ultimate failure seems like a happy ending.
| Original Score: 2/4
In their rush to give Duffy his comeuppance, the filmmakers barrel past their movie's real potential, which could have been a blistering exposÚ of Hollywood's bandwagon mentality.
For whatever reasons -- rights issues, personal promises, fear of legal retaliation -- we only catch glimpses of some of the more important moments in this story.
| Original Score: 1/4
In answer to Troy Duffy's question, "Who is this idiot Jerry Bruckheimer?", he's the guy opening National Treasure opposite your spectacularly documented flameout.
The story of the neither late nor great Troy Duffy would make the perfect film-school graduation gift.
| Original Score: 4/5
funny and mean
| Original Score: B-