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Duplex Reviews

July 22, 2008
This numbing barrage of demolition humor scores only a modest laugh count.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
The material is capably handled by director DeVito and lifted by Stiller, a dab hand at physical comedy who also exhibits some onscreen chemistry with Barrymore.
September 30, 2003
Essell is brightly malevolent, and Stiller is perfect as the well-meaning homeowner.
September 29, 2003
One of the most unnerving slapstick extravaganzas I've ever seen.
September 29, 2003
If you want to see Danny DeVito do good work, see him in Anything Else right now, the Woody Allen movie.
September 28, 2003
Duplex draws out the worst in us, making us laugh even when we know we shouldn't.
September 26, 2003
It doesn't take long before you want to, well, just move out and leave these characters in their rent-controlled limbo.
September 26, 2003
Duplex has its wacky, funny moments, but it misses the mark of a clever, dark comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 26, 2003
If there is one positive thing about Duplex, and saying this requires a huge amount of charity, it's the performance by little known Eileen Essel, who musters whatever grace and genuine humour this sad little picture can manage.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 26, 2003
Duplex has a faint reek of slice-and-dice desperation, as if everyone involved realized too late that they'd hitched themselves to a turkey.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 26, 2003
Funny despite rickety gags.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 26, 2003
Duplex confirms the suspicion among many of us that today's mainstream movies are simply vehicles for selling other things -- in this case, the cause of New York City landlords.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 26, 2003
It'd make a great first-date movie for Donald Trump and Leona Helmsley. But who else would actually see this situation as comic?
September 26, 2003
One real-estate deal you should walk away from.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
September 26, 2003
Definitely better than DeVito's last movie, the disastrous Death to Smoochy. Alas, it's not nearly as good as his two films from which it takes its obvious inspiration: The War of the Roses and Throw Momma From the Train.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 26, 2003
A premise in search of a story.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 26, 2003
[A] grossly funny black comedy.
Read More | Original Score: B+
September 26, 2003
Though accurate to a certain kind of sandwich-generation experience, Duplex is not terribly funny.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 26, 2003
Duplex wants you to hurt when you laugh, but the pain and guilt are minor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 26, 2003
Too much contrivance and not enough plausibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 26, 2003
A toothless real-estate farce.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 25, 2003
As predictable as it is tedious.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 25, 2003
Stiller is the only thing Duplex has going for it, but often he's enough.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 25, 2003
Sometimes Mr. DeVito has gone too far, pushing black humor unnervingly close to the abyss of ultimate darkness. But the unpleasantness in Duplex is handled deftly enough to keep the audience's queasiness from turning into disgust.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 25, 2003
This is one Duplex that's best left until it comes up for rent.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 25, 2003
Unfunny and misguided, Duplex deserves a wrecking crew.
Full Review | Original Score: D
September 25, 2003
Trying to kill a little old lady never looked so difficult -- or so much fun.
Read More | Original Score: B
September 25, 2003
It's basically a one-joke movie, but DeVito manages to make the joke hold up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 25, 2003
Before collapsing into an untidy heap of over-the-top gross-outs and cartoon violence, this acidic comedy, scripted by Larry Doyle and directed by Danny DeVito, gets surprising mileage from its creaky, one- joke premise.
September 25, 2003
This movie doesn't know its own limits. It's stylish, it's sort of smart, it's full of misplaced talent. But it's not funny enough, and maybe, in a way, not dark enough either.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 24, 2003
The building materials are top quality ... but the workmanship is shoddy.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 24, 2003
Predictable situations mean that Duplex fails to scale any comic heights, though belly laughs will be had by those with an appetite for crass physical humor.