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Anton Chekhov's The Duel Reviews

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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
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.
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
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
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
May 3, 2010
Little happens onscreen. The characters bicker, picnic, bathe, and borrow money: the usual small change of the Chekhovian deal.
September 2, 2010
Screenwriter Mary Bing and director Dover Koshashvili seem baffled about what they're trying to say here.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 5, 2012
Starts of slow but builds gradually into a captivating tale of escalating mania.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
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+
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
April 30, 2010
Dover Koshashvili's ambling, eminently accessible film captures the spirit of Chekhov's novella without being overly taxing.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 13, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 1, 2013
...perhaps most impressively, Kosashvili gets the delicate falling ending of short fiction that is so hard to achieve on screen.
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
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
June 6, 2012
It's a strange but compelling story in which indolence and dissolution are confronted in a life or death moment.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
April 30, 2010
A very satisfying and tonally precise English-language adaptation of an 1891 Chekhov novella.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 24, 2010
The Best Film You Almost Certainly Won't See of 2010.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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
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