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Duplicity Reviews

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May 1, 2009
It won't receive the critical ballyhoo of his previous film, but where Gilroy's 'Michael Clayton' lacked imagination and surprise, 'Duplicity' is a fun, witty romp.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 30, 2009
When it comes to spy thrillers, Tony Gilroy knows the game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
April 23, 2009
It's good to see an espionage thriller that avoids the clichés of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 8, 2009
Gilroy handles it expertly and maintains a light, jaunty tone.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
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
April 7, 2009
A perfectly-crafted espionage thriller married to the best throwback rom-com in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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
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.
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
April 2, 2009
Do we even care about these characters enough to worry about their machinations?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
March 29, 2009
trust, lust, and double-crust pizzas
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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-
March 27, 2009
The story turns flips to keep audiences guessing. Unfortunately, indiffer-ence, not fascination, results.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
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