The Dukes

Critics Consensus

Despite the charming principal performances, The Dukes remains little more than an unambitious pet project.



Total Count: 23


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Movie Info

Actor Robert Davi steps behind the camera to direct himself, Chazz Palminteri, and Peter Bogdanovich in The Dukes. The title comes from the name of a doo-wop act that at one time had the most popular song in the country. Decades later, the group desperate for cash, the musicians decide to work together to pull off an ill-conceived heist.

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Critic Reviews for The Dukes

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (10)

  • Davi, who has the kind of handsomely weathered face that has spent a lot of time gazing into the sun, clearly poured his heart into this movie, and it shows.

    Dec 11, 2008 | Rating: 3/4
  • The sweetness grows cloying by the end, but perhaps that's fitting for a film that's so clearly a labor of love.

    Nov 21, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

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  • The Dukes may be hard to find on the big screen, but it's worth keeping an eye out for once it reaches DVD.

    Nov 21, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Here's the little movie that could, a potent directing debut for actor Robert Davi.

    Nov 19, 2008 | Rating: 3/4
  • The old-fashioned story is aided by surprisingly smooth direction, as well as likable performances from Davi himself, Chazz Palmintieri, and a perfectly cast Peter Bogdanovich.

    Nov 18, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Jokes about a matron at an Italian restaurant and a guy with a thing for fat chicks only take you so far.

    Nov 14, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Dukes

  • Oct 03, 2011
    Great film. Congrads on Robert Davi on making a really good film. The film is better than half of the films that are playing right now. Davi did a great job both directing wise and acting wise. He has a great on screen chemistry with Chazz Palminteri, who is also hilarious in the film. The film kind of reminded me of the movie, The Crew, with Richard Dreyfuss and Burt Reynolds. The Crew was a better film than this. However, I still liked The Dukes and recommend it.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2010
    As soon as it started, I immediately didn't like it. I think I got to about 37 minutes before I turned it off.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer

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