The Duel Reviews

February 22, 2017
It's not entirely forgettable, yet in our current world where even big stars don't sell movie tickets, The Duel had to have something more in order to really be successful. The film is an unfortunate misfire.
December 17, 2016
Ambiguous in its morality...
August 9, 2016
The Duel never feels long, Darcy-Smith allowing events to build with a deliberate delicacy that allows the final face-off between David and Abraham to explode in emotive ferocity.
July 7, 2016
Muddled, violent Western echoes Apocalypse Now.
July 2, 2016
Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth try their best to save this very slow-moving Western.
June 30, 2016
For those capable of working past such strangeness at times, there's plenty to admire about the effort, which hits genre highlights while remaining in a dark place.
June 26, 2016
The Duel is a forgettable, muddled affair that wastes its two charismatic leads on endless scenes of tonal wonkiness.
June 24, 2016
Pretty to look at, but the story itself is overly long and overly wrought, a flabby two-hour tale that feels about three.
June 24, 2016
The Duel boasts an impressively psychotic Woody Harrelson performance, bloody violence, and an intriguing allegorical plot, but it's just all a bit lightweight.
June 24, 2016
Even when "The Duel" isn't very good, at least it's bad in surprising ways.
June 23, 2016
"The Duel" has a few ideas and a glint of politics but is largely characterized by its perplexing shifts in tone and unpersuasive story turns.
Top Critic
June 23, 2016
Situations are not always convincing, and motivations are so weak that whole sections of explanation seem to be missing.
June 23, 2016
Blessed with solid supporting character work and several scenes of genuine good fun, the movie manages to make its nearly two-hour run-time pass by easily enough, but not so much so that the seams on this patchwork quilt don't still show.
June 23, 2016
Despite promising elements of mixed-genre thrills, the film is finally the underwhelming sum of too many plot devices.
June 22, 2016
It's like "Straw Dogs" as a mediocre TV-movie, and the tension slowly dissipates.
June 22, 2016
The Duel could have been something.
June 22, 2016
Hemsworth's emotionless performance (and a murky subplot about his wife's inexplicable descent into madness) mean that this scattershot Western misses its mark.
June 21, 2016
The Duel wants to build to a feverish Heart of Darkness/Apocalypse Now climax, but has trouble determining how to get there.
June 20, 2016
...mostly makes for a satisfactory mano a mano battle in bullets and brutality