The Do-Deca-Pentathlon Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 17, 2013
The Do-Deca-Pentathlon doesn't quite possess enough plot or substance to wholeheartedly warrant the full-length-feature treatment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
October 2, 2012
You've seen overgrown man child characters in plenty of Will Ferrell movies, but The Do-Deca Pentathlon is funny without playing for laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
August 9, 2012
The picture is strangely anticlimactic, despite highlighting numerous sporting events and a toxic domestic atmosphere, content to leisurely resolve discontent that feels like it deserves a more forceful approach.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
July 21, 2012
The wisest choice of all is to cast talented unknown actors, who make these characters and the absurd goings-on feel that much more real--and hence all the more funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
July 16, 2012
I think the film gets better as it wears on, as the characters finally start to feel more relaxed and natural, and by the end, I bought the sentiment it reaches for.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
July 15, 2012
A lot of fun as a comedy of men behaving badly, the Duplass brothers' film also digs into masculine norms and methods of communication and respect with a lot of recognizable truth.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
July 9, 2012
The film is just 76 minutes long, but I left the theater feeling nourished and satisfied.
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
July 9, 2012
The Duplasses know how to put a small film like this together with soothing ease, and they never tax the audience with contrivances or excess baggage.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Perry Seibert
TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 9, 2012
Even though their films maintain an improvised feel, none of the sequences linger; once they make their dramatic point, the next one starts. Couple that efficiency with the movie's short running time, and you've got a small, simple, and successful indie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 9, 2012
So much of this oddly named but perfectly played dramedy feels real, from the revisits to VHS tapes in parents' basements to the way a family member's glance can trigger fight-or-flight responses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
July 9, 2012
Although it assumes a light, inoffensive tone, Do Deca is unquestionably the brothers' most personal film by virtue of its antiheroes, a pair of warring siblings seemingly inspired by the directors themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Leah Rozen
TheWrap
July 9, 2012
The performances, especially by Zissis and Lafleur, are effectively low-key, making their characters' occasional emotional outburst all the more compelling.
Tim Grierson
IFC.com
July 9, 2012
You get the sense that the Duplass brothers know in their hearts that their characters are hopelessly immature. But you also get the sense that the filmmakers understand their characters in a way that probably makes even them uncomfortable.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
July 9, 2012
This movie understands the way a friendly contest can turn deadly serious, the way something trivial suddenly takes on life-changing importance.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
July 6, 2012
The balance of comedy and drama here is just right, and The Do-Deca-Pentathlon never runs out of steam, heart, or laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
July 5, 2012
"Do-Deca" can't always overcome the sensation that this is as much a no-budget as it is a no-holds-barred affair. But the sardonic slights and crafty insights are steadily there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
July 5, 2012
If it were any shorter, it would lack depth. If it were any longer, it would most likely seem a strain. As is, there's an emotional honesty here that registers quickly and often.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
July 5, 2012
Do-Deca-Pentathlon showcases the deft way with interpersonal relationships that's making the Duplasses two of our premier chroniclers of just why it is that we can never seem to get along.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.9/10
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 5, 2012
Although very funny, this film taps into a primal male competitiveness whose force outweighs reason and common sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 5, 2012
Even as small movies go, it's tiny, with a budget to match. But it's got a big heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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