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Duel Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 16, 2016
...a surprisingly sturdy first effort for a filmmaker who would (obviously) go onto bigger and better things.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 20, 2015
This is among the most flawless pieces of entertainment [Steven Spielberg] ever put his name to.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
July 20, 2011
The film's rusted, growling tanker truck is an obvious predecessor to the man-eating Great White of Jaws. And it's every bit as terrifying.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 2, 2009
... 'road rage' taken to new heights of exploitation by the boy wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 12, 2009
At 24, Spielberg demonsrated his technical virtuosity with his first made for TV feature, a nail-biting suspenser of a salesman pursued on the roadby a mad trucker.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
April 24, 2009
Steven Spielberg's debut feature is a ripper
Lucius Gore
ESplatter
July 4, 2008
The film pits the awesome talents of Richard Matheson ... with Spielberg, delivering one of the best genre films of the past 50 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

TV Guide
December 10, 2007
An exquisite piece of streamlined suspense and action that clearly demonstrates that [Spielberg] was already in full control of his vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 10, 2007
This 1971 made-for-TV movie was one of Steven Spielberg's auditions for Jaws, and the same slickly impersonal shock effects prevail.
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
May 11, 2006
Superior made-for-TV thriller directed by Spielberg.
| Original Score: 5/5
February 9, 2006
Duel demeure donc encore aujourd'hui l'un des meilleurs exemples de l'agilité de Spielberg à si bien combler un manque de substance par ses grands talents de raconteur.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Top Critic
Tom Milne
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Simply a rivetingly murderous game of cat and mouse that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 29, 2005
pretty boring for Spielberg
| Original Score: 2/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 15, 2005
Even without benefit of hindsight, Duel looks like the work of an unusually talented young director.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
November 11, 2004
A lean, efficient thrill ride that taps into "road rage" long before the term existed.
| Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 29, 2004
[A] masterpiece of visual suspense that's hardly dated at all, more than 30 years later.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 13, 2004
Not even Hitchcock could have shot or paced Duel any better. Spielberg understands precisely where to insert his silences and pauses, and when to make them restful or tense. He knows how to pour it on for the exciting chase scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 3, 2004
A thrillingly paranoid tale of a businessman (Dennis Weaver) and his apocalyptic duel with the driver of a monster truck.
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
August 23, 2004
A sort of minimalist telepic precursor to John Dahl's Joyride that packs the unadulterated genre punch of pure grain alcohol...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 19, 2004
Gets plenty of mileage (no pun intended) out of its simple premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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