Duck (2005)

An aging societal outcast and a motherless duck set out to find shelter and meaning in a future where people are separated by as many degrees as they are connected. The year is 2009, and the last public park in Los Angeles has been closed… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 11, 2005
DVD Release Date: July 22, 2008
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Critic Score: 50% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Desson Thomson
Washington Post

We weren't particularly affected by Arthur's encounters with various strangers along the way. We think we know why: For the most part, we found ourselves watching a grown actor pretend to have a special connection. With a duck.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

There isn't much to it, but this odd little road movie from writer-director Nic Bettauer does boast a sincere charm, and fine performances from its two leading actors.

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Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat

...a thoughtful look at who we might be and what we can be, with just a little tenderness that remains embedded in the heart for a long time after.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

Writer-director Nic Bettauer can't decide whether to play Duck for tears or laughs.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

There are precedents for this kind of old-coot-and-adorable-pet cinema, but the director, a USC film grad, demonstrates little in the way of keenness or even sentimentality.

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Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

Hosts a promising premise and some pretty interesting dialogue in spurts. But as the tail waddles across Los Angeles the originally agile storytelling suffers some bumps.

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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

Much of the journey becomes redundant, and the film likely would have been more effective as a 20-minute short.

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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly

The filmmaker is good with actors, and in Hall, she has a lead with such innate authority that you can't take your eyes off him, even when he's manhandling flapping waterfowl.

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Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

A series of stagy vignettes that never builds to a point.

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Lizzy Bennett
Dumb. Here's the thing, this was SUCH a good idea for a movie, and it was done SO wrong... the screenplay made no sense... he mentions WWII and Kilroy was… More