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The Duellists Reviews

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October 5, 2017
Interiors are bathed in the golden light of candlelight and nostalgia, like a period painting in motion, while exteriors are wrapped in fog and mist. It's a production triumph in service of a quietly compelling drama ...
April 5, 2015
The accounts of the wars lack passion and left me more disinterested in this brilliant story than I should have been.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 24, 2013
... one of the most strikingly pictorial movies ever made.
June 3, 2012
The richness of Scott's visuals, the excellence of the performances and the depth of the themes combine to make a minor masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 3, 2012
Scott's approach to his material seems essentially a stylistic one; it imposes itself upon the story rather than visa-versa, giving an account of the Napoleonic wars that lacks passion and depth, despite the expert visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 3, 2012
Scott gets strong performances from his supporting cast (Quick is sensual and effective) and is able to salvage the movie through the alchemy of the striking visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 6, 2009
Interiors are bathed in the golden light of candlelight and nostalgia, like a period painting in motion, while exteriors are wrapped in fog and mist.
October 18, 2008
Keitel is jaunty and menancing and Carradine more determined and a bit troubled but also caught up in this strange need of one to prove honor and the other slaking a twisted nature.
June 14, 2007
the film improves with multiple screenings, as a viewer becomes less concerned about the outcome of each engagement, and more interested in the passion that is driving it.
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
Keitel struggles gamely against a wooden Carradine, but the American influences further dislocate a script that delivers little observation, psychological or social, on their running feud.
April 30, 2004
A magnífica fotografia, a bela direção de arte e as ótimas atuações se transformam em meros detalhes frente à impressionante estréia de Ridley Scott na direção de longas.
| Original Score: 5/5
January 24, 2004
The Duellists registers on the senses like a pointillist work of art, encouraging us to revel in its symmetry and relish its high regard for small details.
May 20, 2003
It is precise, intelligent, civilized, and because it never for a moment mistakes its narrative purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 6, 2003
the very beauty of the imagery ultimately works to the story's benefit, as it creates an ironic counterpoint to the irrationality of the ongoing feud
| Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
The film comes closer to working than it has any right to, given the curious casting (Keith Carradine and Harvey Keitel) and director Ridley Scott's inability to sustain dramatic tension or build a coherent scene.
July 4, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 28, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
April 9, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
April 2, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
January 24, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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