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The Do-Deca-Pentathlon Reviews

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Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International
July 5, 2012
Sibling rivalry gets its due in this sometimes funny but slight comedy from the Duplass Brothers.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
July 1, 2012
In Jay and Mark Duplass's film, the fragile middle-aged male ego is indulged, massaged, and, finally, critiqued.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Mike Scott
July 27, 2012
The story girding Do-Deca - though intriguing - doesn't feel as well-developed as previous Duplass scripts. As a result, it never quite resonates, style be darned.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 6, 2012
A decent idea for an episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond," "The Do-Deca-Pentathlon" falls short as a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Michelle Orange
July 5, 2012
The latest from brothers Mark and Jay Duplass (who co-wrote and directed) seems to expose the limits of a certain kind of realism by stretching them one man-child too far.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 6, 2012
There's a joke here, obviously, in the spectacle of two out-of-shape adults making fools of themselves at sporting events. Unfortunately it's the only joke, and it eventually wears thin.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Dan Sullivan
Film Comment Magazine
November 5, 2013
But if Cyrus succeeded as a marriage of established (that is to say, bankable) Hollywood performers and the already codified mumblecore aesthetic, The Do-Deca-Pentathlon comes off as pointless retread.
Todd Jorgenson
July 6, 2012
The film overall feels like a series of cheesy home-video outtakes.
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David Fear
Time Out
July 3, 2012
This orphan entry in the Duplass oeuvre exhibits lots of their trademark amiable amateurism, but no amount of flabby guys flexing to a Chariots of Fire-like score or random camera zooms will keep their sloppy indie from exhausting your patience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
July 6, 2012
The brothers' bickering can be amusing at times but even at 76 minutes, the movie feels repetitive and overly long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Roark
Paste Magazine
May 25, 2012
In a time where movies continue to feel more and more disconnected and bleak, the film envelopes the viewer with its warmness -- a glowing optimism and sincere sense of humanity brought home with each punch zoom.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Top Critic
July 5, 2012
Do-Deca-Pentathlon showcases the deft way with interpersonal relationships that's making the Duplasses two of our premier chroniclers of just why it is that we can never seem to get along.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.9/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 5, 2012
You begin the film thinking you have a pretty good idea where it's going, and you find out not even Jeremy and Mark really know.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Drew McWeeny
July 16, 2012
I think the film gets better as it wears on, as the characters finally start to feel more relaxed and natural, and by the end, I bought the sentiment it reaches for.
| Original Score: B-
Tim Grierson
July 9, 2012
You get the sense that the Duplass brothers know in their hearts that their characters are hopelessly immature. But you also get the sense that the filmmakers understand their characters in a way that probably makes even them uncomfortable.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
July 5, 2012
"Do-Deca" can't always overcome the sensation that this is as much a no-budget as it is a no-holds-barred affair. But the sardonic slights and crafty insights are steadily there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 9, 2012
So much of this oddly named but perfectly played dramedy feels real, from the revisits to VHS tapes in parents' basements to the way a family member's glance can trigger fight-or-flight responses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
August 9, 2012
The picture is strangely anticlimactic, despite highlighting numerous sporting events and a toxic domestic atmosphere, content to leisurely resolve discontent that feels like it deserves a more forceful approach.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
July 6, 2012
The balance of comedy and drama here is just right, and The Do-Deca-Pentathlon never runs out of steam, heart, or laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Eric Kohn
July 9, 2012
Although it assumes a light, inoffensive tone, Do Deca is unquestionably the brothers' most personal film by virtue of its antiheroes, a pair of warring siblings seemingly inspired by the directors themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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