The Duelist (Duelyant) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Duelist (Duelyant) Reviews

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December 2, 2016
A welcome indication of the current Russian cinema's commercial ambitions and potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 1, 2016
Writer-director Mizgirev has a sharpshooter's cold pair of eyes. His lens adds an antiseptic quality to the many deaths... It's Fyodorov's performance that communicates the emotional burden of killing.
December 1, 2016
Dazzles and provokes as it makes little real sense beyond the confines of its hermetic milieu.
November 30, 2016
Decidedly retro and spectacular to look at.
November 30, 2016
Eye for detail makes The Duelist's protagonists just as compelling as their setting.
October 28, 2016
...a swashbuckling, exciting tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 14/20
October 9, 2018
I didn't care much for its grandiose self-seriousness and the dour focus on masculine honor above all else.
December 3, 2016
Gorgeously empty, The Duelist is more interesting as a reflection of the Russian sociopolitical climate today than it is as an actual goddamn movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
December 1, 2016
The clichéd story line pursues turgidity with a relentless determination.
December 1, 2016
The look of the movie is still the most appealing thing about it. Whether you watch a film on a giant screen or an iPhone, the format doesn't untangle messy plot threads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 1, 2016
Most fans of costume drama don't head to the movies expecting explosive exit wounds, and few action fans are going to be wowed by ostentatious lapels.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 30, 2016
A tiresome but meticulously detailed and visually sumptuous Russian melodrama about romance and intrigue amid the nobility in 19th century St. Petersburg.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 30, 2016
Mizgirev's script is an indigestible, soap-operatic mess of backstories, clichés, and the kind of ambiguous mystic overtones that have become an unbreakable addiction for Russian film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 20, 2016
This ludicrous costume shoot-'em-up only inflates its whopping clichés and anachronisms by placing them in the incongruously deployed IMAX format.
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