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Director Bruce Paltrow teams with his Oscar-winning daughter Gwyneth Paltrow for this road comedy with music. Paltrow plays Liv, a struggling professional singer whose meets her father, Ricky Dean (Huey Lewis), for the first time at the funeral of her mother. As it turns out, both Liv and Ricky supplement the income from few-and-far-between gigs by singing in karaoke contests, and soon father and daughter are competing on the same circuit. Meanwhile, Todd Woods (Paul Giamatti), a salesman who has grown disenchanted with his job, his family, and his life, picks up a hitch-hiker named Reggie… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The press notes say the director spent five years developing Duets. He should have developed it more."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"There are too many characters, subplots and themes going on at the same time, so it's hard to connect with any of them."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"And the director's Oscar-winning daughter? Never did I ever think she could ever be so annoying."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"A strange combination of road movie, sitcom and "Razor's Edge"-style philosophical drama, "Duets" looks at six unhappy people who are brought together by their love of karaoke. Yes, karaoke."
‑ James Sanford, James Sanford on Film
"Delivers considerably more than the premise promises."
‑ Andrew Howe, eFilmCritic.com
"Substitute 'bland' for 'blonde' and you've got a pretty good description of [Paltrow's] movie."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A not very good adult movie about adult issues."
‑ M. Faust, Common Sense Media
"I couldn't have karaoked less about it."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"I could write a whole book about how sublime Paul Giamatti is, how he carries the film, how he believably transforms himself into a total K-dawg!"
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"Some of these characters are interesting enough to keep your attention on the movie between songs. The soundtrack is full of great music and songs."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Its fundamental error is that it tries to squeeze bittersweet heartbreak and goofy social satire into the same story. Just when the movie gets the rhythm, it steps on its own feet."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
""Duets" is a frustratingly mediocre road movie that connects three unlikely pairs of people in the much maligned phenomenon of Karaoke singing as a metaphor for "finding the meaning of life" by sharing their interpretations of pop songs."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Duets does the impossible - it makes karaoke seem interesting."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Largely a missed opportunity and a waste of talent."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"A lack of adequate character development makes much of the film hard to swallow. So does its hokey central plot device."
‑ Brad Haynes, Orlando Weekly
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