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Anton Chekhov's The Duel Reviews

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
July 1, 2013
...perhaps most impressively, Kosashvili gets the delicate falling ending of short fiction that is so hard to achieve on screen.
June 26, 2012
Irish actor Andrew Scott is excellent as the deceitful, snivelling scoundrel whose habit of taking advantage of the good graces of others hits its limit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
June 6, 2012
It's a strange but compelling story in which indolence and dissolution are confronted in a life or death moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

FILMINK (Australia)
June 6, 2012
A lush and loyal adaptation of Chekhov's novella, which nails the atmosphere and features brilliant performance all round.
Josh Forward
June 6, 2012
It would be easy to say that the film was undone by its obviously minuscule budget, reflected in daft costume and art direction, but when the basics of good storytelling are missing, it's far easier to be nit-picky.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
June 6, 2012
Once you get used to this distraction [of the English cast in 19th century Russian setting] the handsome production takes on its own sensibilities
Ed Gibbs
The Sunday Age
June 3, 2012
Israeli filmmaker Dover Kosashvili approaches the Russian writer's novella with a mix of kid gloves and assured know-how, by way of screenwriter Mary Bing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
May 29, 2012
The Duel challenges the audience to watch it; but with unlikeable characters and a tedious pace you may just want to put your gun up to your own mouth and end the misery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dominic Corry
January 5, 2012
Starts of slow but builds gradually into a captivating tale of escalating mania.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 14, 2010
You want bite. But the movie's teeth are locked behind the dramatic equivalent of a retainer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Thomas
Wisconsin State Journal
September 10, 2010
It serves the original source material well, and gives the audience much to ponder after the shots have been fired.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
September 10, 2010
A compassionate picture -- lovely to look at, too -- but it never achieves any real immediacy, or urgency, even with the title's pistol-waving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 9, 2010
Much of what is spelled out in the book is artfully condensed for the film, which was shot in Croatia and is pretty enough to double as a tourist lure.
| Original Score: 3/4
Dan Lybarger
MovieMaker Magazine
September 3, 2010
They're working with a classic novella with The Duel, so they treat it with the same reverence and protectiveness that one might devote to a first child. In the process, they almost smother their well-intended creation to death.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
September 2, 2010
Screenwriter Mary Bing and director Dover Koshashvili seem baffled about what they're trying to say here.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 24, 2010
The Best Film You Almost Certainly Won't See of 2010.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 19, 2010
It somehow isn't as exciting as a duel over a woman should be. If you're not well rested before entering the theater, it could put you under.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 2, 2010
Chekhov's stories and plays often vibrate in that zone where comedy and tragedy are indistinguishable. And so it is with this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
July 23, 2010
blessed with a superb cast in perfect synch with Chekhov's sensibilities, rendering this a lush, literate film in which . . . the intricacies of human relationships are as heart-stopping as a high-speed car chase
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 22, 2010
If you see this movie, it will give you more pleasure and more to think about than any of the more popular entries currently out there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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