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Anton Chekhov's The Duel Reviews

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 12, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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
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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
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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+
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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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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
Variety
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.