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Duel Reviews

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Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
Duel has come to represent much of what is "wrong" with the current cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 29, 2005
pretty boring for Spielberg
| Original Score: 2/5
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
December 29, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
August 9, 2002
The film is noteworthy as early Spielberg, but it hasn't stood the test of time. New movies, like Joy Ride, tackle the same material more deftly.
| Original Score: 2/5
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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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
A sign of great things yet to come.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
April 24, 2009
Steven Spielberg's debut feature is a ripper
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 12, 2003
A simple yet amazingly effective TV thriller. It's a pity; I don't think the director went anywhere...
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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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.
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+
Jon Fortgang
August 19, 2003
Spielberg's first film finds the director ruthlessly exploiting a devastatingly simple premise to extraordinary effect.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 4, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
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-
Shane Burridge
January 1, 2000
Matheson's sharp but simple story works almost entirely on a primal level
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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 29, 2004
[A] masterpiece of visual suspense that's hardly dated at all, more than 30 years later.
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-
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
March 26, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
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