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Miami Herald
April 20, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
May 10, 2008
Tony Montana and Mark Brian Smith's acidic, vitriolic takedown of Duffy boasts the abrasive intensity of a migraine headache and the depth and scope of a bona fide American tragedy.
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David Fear
Time Out
August 16, 2007
A portrait of Hollywood hubris extraordinaire.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 14, 2007
[An] unflinching depiction of a would-be Tarantino turning himself into chopped liver.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ben Walters
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A compulsive, cautionary tale about a man whose self-trumpeted 'deep cesspool of creativity' seems destined to remain undredged.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 7, 2005
The story of the neither late nor great Troy Duffy would make the perfect film-school graduation gift.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 7, 2005
In their rush to give Duffy his comeuppance, the filmmakers barrel past their movie's real potential, which could have been a blistering exposť of Hollywood's bandwagon mentality.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 17, 2004
While the film follows Duffy's business disasters and blusterings, it never really offers much depth on either its central subject or his posse.
| Original Score: C+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 17, 2004
It's a tale of ambition run amok and blown opportunity that is not only fascinating but cautionary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 10, 2004
Audiences may reasonably wonder why they're being asked to spend time with Duffy. It's not an easy question to answer.
| Original Score: C+
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
December 3, 2004
Highly entertaining, in a schadenfreude sense, but incomplete.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
December 3, 2004
Overnight is a pungent documentary that details the awful, groping evanescence of Hollywood buzz.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 2, 2004
It's like watching a runaway train race down a mountain: We know that a crash is coming; we just don't know how many casualties there will be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 29, 2004
It's a fascinating cautionary tale.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
November 29, 2004
A quintessential Hollywood story that might have just as easily been called Karma.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 28, 2004
Duffy is made into such a consistently awful person that you're seduced into loathing him, even though it's hard to believe he's not putting us on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 23, 2004
The latest entry in the ever-expanding Harvey Weinstein demonology, this jittery documentary is as raw as the filmmakers' rattled nerves.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 19, 2004
If this documentary finds an audience I wouldn't be surprised to see Duffy make a comeback as an actor, playing the heavy in low-budget action movies. He certainly gives a jaw-dropping performance here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 19, 2004
Call it Project Red Light.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 18, 2004
It's an unacknowledged indictment of a system of agents, managers, hangers-on and production executives that automatically equates arrogance and bad-boy behavior with bottomless talent, no questions asked.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
November 18, 2004
As much a film about Hollywood as it is about obsessive personalities, Overnight achieves the dual feat of making us deeply dislike Duffy while we still root for him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
November 17, 2004
A diabolically enjoyable documentary on unearned self-esteem.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 15, 2004
Fascinating stuff.
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Ken Eisner
Variety
November 11, 2004
Even as a tragic hero, Duffy's a bully and a bore.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 11, 2004
If you're curious, you can rent The Boondock Saints on video, without stirring the embers of Duffy's ego.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
November 10, 2004
A morbidly compelling cautionary tale about the negative side of instant sensation.
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John Anderson
Newsday
November 10, 2004
It probably doesn't appeal to its audience's loftiest instincts, but it certainly is appealing: Watching an eminently deserving egomaniac get his comeuppance.
| Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 10, 2004
This documentary tells the story of Troy Duffy, a bartender in Los Angeles who became a minor celebrity when Miramax offered him $1 million for a screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 10, 2004
It exerts a certain train-wreck fascination.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 10, 2004
Anyone who has ever spent five minutes dreaming about what it might be like to become a famous Hollywood director will experience a heady sense of schadenfreude.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
November 9, 2004
Even a Slobodan like Weinstein would find Duffy's feature-length monologue grim going.