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Top Critic
June 25, 2010
The setting of the title event is spectacular, and the photography is wonderful. In places the movie seems as lazy as Laevsky. But Chekhov's story provides a lot to chew on.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 18, 2010
Mary Bing's debut feature script sticks close to the novella, and director Kosashvili is always alive to the story's richness of character and situation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
May 6, 2010
This excellent adaptation of Chekhov's little-known novella only whets the appetite for more.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 4, 2010
Though it's not all it could be, Anton Chekhov's The Duel is convincingly--yes--Chekhovian.
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
May 4, 2010
Kosashvili's film accomplishes precisely what Chekhov's short story achieves: It draws us into the lives of characters who do nothing momentous or meaningful.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
May 3, 2010
Little happens onscreen. The characters bicker, picnic, bathe, and borrow money: the usual small change of the Chekhovian deal.
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
May 2, 2010
While Koshashvili mangles some of the symbolism, however, he indelibly evokes Chekhov's cadence and attention to detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 30, 2010
A very satisfying and tonally precise English-language adaptation of an 1891 Chekhov novella.
| Original Score: 4/5
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
April 30, 2010
Dover Koshashvili's ambling, eminently accessible film captures the spirit of Chekhov's novella without being overly taxing.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 30, 2010
The Duel is scrumptious and refined. It contains superb acting by all, expert pacing and lensing that might make you hop the next jetliner to Croatia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
April 29, 2010
A sporadically tender drama filled with breathtaking scenery, exquisite production values and a radiant performance by the beautiful Fiona Glascott, but suffers from stilted dialogue that often keeps you at an emotional distance from its flawed characters
Full Review | Original Score: 5.51/10
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Sam Adams
AV Club
April 29, 2010
The Duel never develops an overarching sense of purpose, but the film's behavioral observations are keen enough that a more pronounced thesis would be superfluous.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ronnie Scheib
April 28, 2010
While remaining faithful to its source, places its febrile "Moscow Hamlet" in surroundings so vibrant that tragedy seems an indulgence.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
April 28, 2010
The performers clearly relish these lines, and Scott, simultaneously feral, manic and despondent, is a particular standout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 27, 2010
In any case, The Duel is the most successful literary adaptation I've seen since Pascal Ferran's 2006 Lady Chatterley.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 12, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
October 13, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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