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Based on 31 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Stays funny despite rickety gags because Ben Stiller and 81-year-old Eileen Essel are old pros at playing it straight. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Tells an increasingly outlandish story with very funny (and often gross) moments. But about an hour in, it grows derivative and disappointing. show more

  • 38
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Duplex's tenant-from-hell scenario is as predictable as it is tedious -- a tinny, unsatisfying throwaway farce. show more

  • 50
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Stooping to low-rent laffs By ELIZABETH WEITZMAN SPECIAL TO THE NEWS Ben Stiller, Drew Barrymore & Eileen Essel (on floor) DUPLEX. With Ben Stiller, Drew Barrymore. Directed by Danny DeVito. Running time: 88 mins. Rated PG-13: Slapstick violence, gross-out humor. There are people who can look at a creaky, crumbling house and home right in on the solid framework and fabulous fireplace. In "Duplex," Ben Stiller is the fireplace. As for the structure, well, this rather rickety comedy boasts a solid base, though sadly, too much of it has been plastered over with moldy jokes and leaky plot devices. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    More demanding viewers hoping for the cruel wit of DeVito's "Throw Momma From the Train" or "The War of the Roses" will likely be disappointed by its lack of comic bite. show more

  • 75
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Without Essel, this might have been a run-of-the-mill dark comedy. With the 86-year-old British thespian, it's a wickedly funny and audacious movie in which she puts her capable co-stars in the shade. show more

  • 63
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    It's stylish, it's sort of smart, it's full of misplaced talent. But it's not funny enough, and maybe, in a way, not dark enough either. show more

  • 63
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    It's a mean little movie, but it's also thin and repetitive, a premise in search of a story. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    There's too much contrivance and not enough plausibility, and so finally we're just enjoying the performances and wishing they'd been in a more persuasive movie. show more

  • 50
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The result is a cheap and cloying contraption that doesn't know when to stop smirking. show more

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