Duck Reviews

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 30, 2007
We weren't particularly affected by Arthur's encounters with various strangers along the way. We think we know why: For the most part, we found ourselves watching a grown actor pretend to have a special connection. With a duck.
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
August 24, 2007
Writer-director Nic Bettauer can't decide whether to play Duck for tears or laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Hollywood Reporter
June 14, 2007
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
May 14, 2007
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
May 11, 2007
Much of the journey becomes redundant, and the film likely would have been more effective as a 20-minute short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 11, 2007
There isn't much to it, but this odd little road movie from writer-director Nic Bettauer does boast a sincere charm, and fine performances from its two leading actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 10, 2007
There are precedents for this kind of old-coot-and-adorable-pet cinema, but the director, a USC film grad, demonstrates little in the way of keenness or even sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
May 10, 2007
The filmmaker is good with actors, and in Hall, she has a lead with such innate authority that you can't take your eyes off him, even when he's manhandling flapping waterfowl.
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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
May 9, 2007
Feature debut by scripter-helmer Nic Bettauer is a small, affecting road movie peopled with sharp vignettes.