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Duplicity Reviews

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Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 30, 2009
When it comes to spy thrillers, Tony Gilroy knows the game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Gilroy also throws in a reverse chronology taking place in posh foreign locations (and Cleveland!) so as to mark the film as his own and conceal any narrative weaknesses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
April 23, 2009
It's good to see an espionage thriller that avoids the clichés of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
April 8, 2009
Gilroy handles it expertly and maintains a light, jaunty tone.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey Bloomer
Paste Magazine
April 7, 2009
Adopts old Hollywood mechanics %u2014- showy marquee stars, swift-witted dialogue, character-dominated plot %u2014- and relies on an audience willing to be tricked, surprised and challenged.
Full Review | Original Score: 65/100
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
April 7, 2009
For all its bright banter and flashbacky fanciness, Duplicity boils down to this rudimentary formula: morality and success are functions of beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 7, 2009
A perfectly-crafted espionage thriller married to the best throwback rom-com in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 6, 2009
Gilroy makes the mistake of applying the artful lighting, measured pace and severe sensibility of 'Michael Clayton' to screwball caper material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
April 3, 2009
Much of the fun is all about what's 'in play'--acting--from the spy and lover roles these characters may or may not be playing and which sides (personal, professional) they're playing for or against, to our assumptions about these stars' personas.
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
April 3, 2009
While the movie is modestly entertaining and tries to take full advantage of the promising coupling of Julia Roberts and Clive Owen, it never quite seals the deal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Julian Roman
MovieWeb
April 2, 2009
Do we even care about these characters enough to worry about their machinations?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 29, 2009
Writer-director Tony Gilroy, flush from his Michael Clayton success, retains that film's examination of corporate malfeasance yet replaces the sense of dread with a sense of style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
March 29, 2009
trust, lust, and double-crust pizzas
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 28, 2009
A battle of wits with smart, capable people on all sides. It is very slick and well-acted by a troupe of pros.
Full Review | Original Score: B
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
March 28, 2009
has the kind of narrative trickery that draws us in, but it's ultimately up to the actors to keep us interested, and in this regard the film is something of a mixed bag
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
March 27, 2009
Only incidentally a con movie, Duplicity is actually a subversive, high-wire romance, with the MacGuffin serving as a metaphorical placeholder for the surging hormonal attraction, trepidation and uncertainty of love's bloom.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
March 27, 2009
The story turns flips to keep audiences guessing. Unfortunately, indiffer-ence, not fascination, results.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Stratton
The Australian
March 27, 2009
It's a pity...that James Newton Howard's music score is so relentlessly intrusive and that Gilroy's plotting gets so complicated before everything becomes clear in the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
March 27, 2009
Once Gilroy has the film on track with all passengers aboard and accounted for, you do start wondering if he can keep up the momentum. He does -- although so much contrivance is involved that he often runs the risk of leaving you behind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
March 26, 2009
Duplicity is a lazy movie about corporate espionage. It's lazy because its director/writer Tony Gilroy relies on easy gimmicks and lame conventions to tell his tale. [He] uses techniques that might enliven home movies; they deaden a theatrical one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
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