Duets (2000)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 15, 2000
DVD Release Date: May 8, 2001
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Critic Score: 20% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Duets suffers from sloppy direction and stretches credibility. Also, the characters are uninteresting and it's hard to care about what happens to them.

Jay Carr
Boston Globe

The press notes say the director spent five years developing Duets. He should have developed it more.

Paul Clinton (CNN.com)

Marquee value of an Academy Award-winning star lifted it up to the big screen -- a step higher than it should have gone.

Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show

A muddled and meandering long-distance road movie that strives to be engagingly offbeat, but more often comes across as annoyingly off-key.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Substitute 'bland' for 'blonde' and you've got a pretty good description of [Paltrow's] movie.

Susan Stark
Detroit News

Byrum's lackluster, ambling script and Bruce Paltrow's unimaginative reading of it routinely stand at cross-purposes with a first-class cast.

M. Faust
Common Sense Media

A not very good adult movie about adult issues.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

There are too many characters, subplots and themes going on at the same time, so it's hard to connect with any of them.

Cole Smithey

"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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Underrated. Just a nice little film, which still holds up today.
Sunil Jawahir
It's not great but it's very enjoyable.
Leigh Ryan
Not too shabby...
Alice Shen
Road movie with lofty goals. What's up with Scott Speedman's zen/emo character? He doesn't even sing. There are just too many loose ends left… More