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Duplicity Reviews

April 30, 2009
When it comes to spy thrillers, Tony Gilroy knows the game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 23, 2009
With Duplicity [Gilroy is] developing a nice body of work.
March 23, 2009
Gilroy keeps it all moving at a steady, stylish pace.
March 23, 2009
Duplicity is an enormously enjoyable hybrid, a romantic comedy set at the center of a caper movie.
March 23, 2009
It's a passably amusing brainteaser.
March 23, 2009
For all the glam and swank, the film is essentially a bright, shiny, empty puzzle. The puzzlemaking by writer-director Tony Gilroy is clever but most frequently an end in itself.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 20, 2009
Like the carnal encounter with which it opens, it's a film that goes through the motions, and while those motions are frequently pleasurable, we, like Owen, are ultimately left disappointed.
March 20, 2009
A pleasant big-studio diversion, a screwball romance with beautiful movie stars set in gorgeous hotel rooms, deluxe office spaces and corporate jets. It's smart, it's for grown-ups and it lets Julia Roberts laugh, if just once.
March 20, 2009
With its smart writing delivered by an in-synch quartet, savor Duplicity as the ideal spring gift.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 20, 2009
[Director Gilroy's] determined to put some smarts into the world of double crosses and double martinis, and bless him for that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 20, 2009
Julia Roberts in a luxury hotel room, bantering with a suave leading man? That works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 20, 2009
As a caper film, Duplicity is a fizzle. As a mystery, it's a cheat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 20, 2009
I started out loving Duplicity; by the end, I wanted to strangle it.
March 20, 2009
A snazzy piece of work, tartly acted and cleverly made. Trust me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 20, 2009
A light/bright movie that actually illuminates our dull grey lives, reminding us that intrigue can be, well, intriguing. And damn sexy too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 20, 2009
Duplicity, like all con movies, relies on charm, and there's plenty to go around.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 20, 2009
At times, Gilroy's leaps verge on gimmick. But the shuffled deck of place and time is intrinsic to the three-card monte rhythms. He keeps us guessing, even as we know he's gaming us.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 20, 2009
Should settle on the video shelf between Intolerable Cruelty and Mr & Mrs. Smith.
March 20, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 19, 2009
However you describe it, Duplicity is superior entertainment, the most elegantly pleasurable movie of its kind to come around in a very long time.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 19, 2009
Watching Duplicity brings pleasures all too rare: gorgeous actors speaking smart, funny dialogue in beautiful settings.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 19, 2009
Duplicity is betrayed by a surfeit of intricacy. Its ironic complexities tease the brain without pleasing the heart.
March 19, 2009
Gilroy and his stars make it elegant fun to be fooled, but they sure as hell make you work for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 19, 2009
Everything in Duplicity may be a scam, but [director] Gilroy's talent is the real thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 19, 2009
There's a lot of doubling going on in the smart, savvy Duplicity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 19, 2009
Gilroy expertly keeps viewers guessing about who is gaming who.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 19, 2009
Duplicity is more lighthearted; it's the Pitt/Jolie smackdown Mr. & Mrs. Smith without all the gunplay.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 19, 2009
Aiming for a romantic-caper vibe, Duplicity zips from one elaborate piece of hugger-mugger to the next. But at a certain point, boredom sets in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 19, 2009
This movie is a breeze compared to the lawyerly Sturm und Drang of Michael Clayton.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 19, 2009
For a sexy comedy that tries and fails to recapture the sensual smarts of vintage screwball fare, Duplicity is regrettably short on sex and comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 19, 2009
Duplicity may be too smart for its own good. But how many films can you say that about?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 19, 2009
Duplicity isn't quite as clever as it wants to be, but it's diverting and funny, and it's always a pleasure to watch a movie that relies on brains as fodder instead of brawn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 19, 2009
Though it waltzes through European capitals and gorgeous hotel suites, it never quite gets the blood pumping. And despite all the husky-voiced pillow-talk about sex and adrenaline, there's little of either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 19, 2009
Duplicity is entertaining, but the complexities of its plot keep it from being really involving. The fun is in watching Roberts and Owen fencing with dialogue, keeping straight faces, trying to read each other's minds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 19, 2009
Comedy seems to have liberated Gilroy, who directs Duplicity with the high gloss and fleet-footed hustle of a Golden Age Hollywood craftsman.
March 19, 2009
Duplicity plays as a less-successful comic remake of Michael Clayton.
March 18, 2009
Duplicity doesn't have depth -- but it does have Julia Roberts, in full Hollywood movie-star mode. And for filmgoers with scaled-back expectations, that news may be enough.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 18, 2009
This is a sharp-looking movie with a blue-chip cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 18, 2009
Roberts looks great in her return to leading-lady status after a few years off -- strong, curvy, formidable -- and Owen drops the steamy glower he's adopted of late and almost seems to have a twinkle in his eye this time around.
March 18, 2009
Duplicity does indeed bend and buckle under the weight of many a final-reel revelation, though it never entirely collapses.
Read More | Original Score: 3/6
March 18, 2009
Director Tony Gilroy deftly mixes comedy with suspense as we see the extreme measures corporations take to steal one another's secrets and protect their own from theft.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 18, 2009
Slick, super-contrived, pretty to look at and totally, completely preposterous.
March 18, 2009
It eventually falls victim to one or two twists too many, needlessly complicating an already complex plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 18, 2009
Mr. Gilroy has outsmarted himself by pulling too many switches in his narrative. He then fails to recover by coming up with a smash ending that pulls all the scattered pieces together.
March 16, 2009
The movie is fun, with plenty of intrigue and suspense that will have audiences clutching at their arm rests.
March 16, 2009
Smart, droll and dazzling to look at and listen to, writer-director Tony Gilroy's effervescent, intricately plotted puzzler proves in every way superior to his 2007 success Michael Clayton.