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The Duellists Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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
Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View
March 24, 2013
... one of the most strikingly pictorial movies ever made.
David Hughes
Empire Magazine
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

TV Guide
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
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Mark Chalon Smith
Los Angeles Times
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
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
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.
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Variety Staff
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.
Douglas Pratt
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
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Time Out
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.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
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
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
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.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
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
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
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
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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.
Emanuel Levy
July 4, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
April 28, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
April 9, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 2, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Spence D.
IGN Movies
January 24, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 23, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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