Duane Dudek

Duane Dudek
Duane Dudek's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 83%

Drinking Buddies (2013)

"This relationship story between two craft brewery workers - played by Jake Johnson and Olivia Wilde - is unfiltered, slightly bitter and has distinct spice notes." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Oct 24, 2013
3/4 99%

Wadjda (2013)

"A populist exercise in the neo-realist tradition of "The Bicycle Thief" and "The White Balloon."" ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Oct 17, 2013
3/4 86%

The Patience Stone (2013)

"This visually static and dramatically interior film by Atiq Rahimi, adapted from his novel, is largely a play about two people." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Oct 14, 2013
3/4 99%

Short Term 12 (2013)

"Along the way all the characters' stories seamlessly and elegantly ripple into each other to form conclusions that contradict current social and political tendencies and movements that promote alienation and detachment." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Oct 10, 2013
3/4 91%

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)

"The real heroes of "Mister and Pete" are the terrific performances of the two young actors Brooks and Dizon, who humanize the proposition that dreams delayed need not become dreams defeated." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Oct 10, 2013
3/4 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"A jarringly intimate simulation of how we interact with the world on a personal level." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Oct 10, 2013
3/4 96%

Enough Said (2013)

""Enough Said" demonstrates that adult storytelling is not dead." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Oct 3, 2013
3.5/4 96%

Gravity (2013)

"This taut, austere, often wordless film explores the distinction between singularity and loneliness." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Oct 3, 2013
2.5/4 50%

Parkland (2013)

"While it does not offer or challenge any conspiracy theories, its elegiac tone, vintage atmosphere and shaky, hand-held camerawork hint at the all-consuming chaos of those few days." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Oct 3, 2013
3.5/4 89%

Rush (2013)

""Rush" fulfills the need for speed, and then some." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Sep 26, 2013
2.5/4 92%

In a World... (2013)

""In a World . . . " shows that a clever idea and an engaging protagonist do not a movie make." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Sep 12, 2013
1.5/4 30%

Austenland (2013)

"Jane Austen would spin in her nearly 200-year-old grave at the crude and broad movie made in her name." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Sep 5, 2013
3.5/4 78%

The Grandmaster (2013)

"You don't have to be a martial arts fan to be bowled over by "The Grandmaster," the atmospheric and poetic martial arts love story about Ip Man's early life by director Wong Kar Wai." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Aug 29, 2013
3/4 93%

The Spectacular Now (2013)

"Our expectations have been dulled by countless conventional narratives whose devices Ponsoldt fulfills and subverts in ways that turn loss and disillusionment into hope and redemption, without resorting to stereotype or cliché." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Aug 22, 2013
3/4 89%

The World's End (2013)

"If someone turned "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" into a movie, it might look like "The World's End." If you added killer robots." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Aug 22, 2013
3/4 71%

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

"There are two sides to every story, and "Lee Daniels' The Butler" personifies both of them." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Aug 15, 2013
3/4 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"A solid outing from a writer-director who is already in preproduction on his 46th film." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2.5/4 67%

Elysium (2013)

"For a film that wears its empathy and social conscience on its sleeve, "Elysium" is a disappointingly hollow experience." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Aug 8, 2013
3/4 86%

The Attack (2013)

"For all its politics ... "The Attack" is a personal story of a man whose romanticized memories of his wife prevent him from seeing the truth and moving on." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Aug 1, 2013
3.5/4 94%

Fruitvale Station (2013)

""Fruitvale Station" uses objectivity without sacrificing perspective to remind us of the obvious, in case we've forgotten: that what happened to Oscar Grant shouldn't happen to anyone." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 25, 2013
2.5/4 21%

Girl Most Likely (2013)

"Wiig's panicky, high-strung drama queen, who masks her uncertainty with double talk, is a version of the characters at which she excels, but which work best in a sketch format or in films with sturdier narrative spines." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 18, 2013
2.5/4 71%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"Del Toro has a whopper of a story on his hands, but his unique storytelling sensibility feels muffled by the demands of genre contrivances and a bigger-is-better aesthetic." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 11, 2013
3/4 88%

Fill the Void (2013)

"The narrative takes place within a reserved, insulated culture where silence is golden, conversations sound like prayers and a single tear can speak volumes." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 4, 2013
3/4 31%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

"Those who go to The Lone Ranger because it stars Johnny Depp will come away satisfied by a performance that reminds them of his Pirates of the Caribbean character." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jul 2, 2013
2.5/4 50%

White House Down (2013)

"Even high-concept, formulaic and rote filmmaking requires a certain skill set, and it's on display here." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jun 27, 2013
3.5/4 84%

Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

"Whedon adapted the screenplay, but his real contributions are his choices in staging and ensemble that bring a physical vigor to the 400-year-old words." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jun 20, 2013
3.5/4 84%

Dirty Wars (2013)

"The first-person style is a creative choice that may put some people off. But who better to lead a tour of the denied areas than someone who has walked its dangerous streets before?" ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jun 20, 2013
3/4 67%

World War Z (2013)

"Smartly lighted, dramatically photographed, briskly paced and often suspenseful." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jun 20, 2013
3/4 60%

The Bling Ring (2013)

"Coppola seems to be asking: "Is it really surprising when a generation of villagers raised on reality TV and TMZ rises up and storms the castle?"" ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jun 20, 2013
3/4 55%

Man of Steel (2013)

"[Some] elements give this franchise reboot a perfunctory feeling. But then a detail emerges, the mythology kicks in or the reinvention makes sense, and the elements feel connected in a way that offers a fresh perspective on a familiar thing." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jun 13, 2013
2.5/4 83%

This Is the End (2013)

"A slapdash amount of effort, modest effects and a modicum of talent are on display, but the imagination deployed is negligible." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Jun 11, 2013
3/4 74%

Love Is All You Need (2013)

"It is a perfectly timed, wish-fulfillment summer vacation movie set somewhere idyllic that you can't possibly afford to visit." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted May 30, 2013
2.5/4 49%

Now You See Me (2013)

"What is really going on is revealed in a twist of an ending I didn't see coming because I was long numbed into indifference." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted May 30, 2013
2.5/4 11%

After Earth (2013)

"Not only derivative of and beholden to the original "Star Trek" but has the as-told-to quality of a vaguely Scientology-like parable." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted May 30, 2013
3/4 52%

At Any Price (2013)

"A haunting portrait of the relationship between fathers and sons as being built on a foundation of intersecting interests." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted May 23, 2013
3.5/4 83%

From Up On Poppy Hill (2013)

"The charming and nostalgic "From Up on Poppy Hill" is as lushly illustrated and vividly realized as memory itself." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted May 2, 2013
2.5/4 79%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

""Iron Man 3" suffers an identity crisis resembling that of the title superhero's alter-ego, billionaire Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted May 2, 2013
2/4 46%

To The Wonder (2013)

"Some filmmakers put feelings into words; Malick uses smoke signals and semaphore to express things felt but unspoken. How you interpret them is up to you." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 18, 2013
2.5/4 54%

The Company You Keep (2013)

"Almost every step of the way, the film feels ... inauthentic and unrealistic." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 18, 2013
3/4 53%

Oblivion (2013)

""Oblivion" stitches together genre clichés into a surprisingly satisfying tale with enough twists to give you a surprise or two." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 18, 2013
3.5/4 80%

The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)

"[Its] "sins of the father" theme is vaguely reminiscent of "The Godfather." But it's really about the way the safety of our family is always on our minds but usually out of our control." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 11, 2013
3.5/4 79%

42 (2013)

"Rarely have the words "inspired by a true story" been so true as in "42," because inspirational it is." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 11, 2013
3/4 68%

Trance (2013)

"Half as smart as it pretends to be, and twice as weird." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 11, 2013
2.5/4 80%

Ginger & Rosa (2013)

"Even seemingly ordinary scenes of girlfriends bonding - ironing hair, wearing jeans in the bathtub to shrink them, hitchhiking - are fraught with the sense of the external forces that will divide them." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Apr 4, 2013
2.5/4 43%

On the Road (2012)

"Jack Kerouac's Beat Generation bible "On the Road" was experimental, experiential and ephemeral in a way Walter Salles' film never captures or portrays." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Mar 28, 2013
3.5/4 93%

No (2013)

"A reflection of a moment in time, made in the image of that moment." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Mar 28, 2013
2.5/4 69%

Stoker (2013)

"A film detached from reality and devoid of meaning." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Mar 21, 2013
3.5/4 93%

The Gatekeepers (2013)

"A riveting firsthand account of how legitimate security concerns can lead to policies considered extreme and even immoral by the people administering them." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Mar 14, 2013
3/4 96%

West of Memphis (2012)

""West of Memphis" re-examines evidence and retells the story in a methodical and procedural fashion in which even the false steps lead somewhere." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Mar 14, 2013
2/4 36%

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

"It sounds boring because it is." ‐Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted Mar 14, 2013
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