Duane Hopwood

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53

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  • Summary: Rich in the details of daily life, wistful and wise, Duane Hopwood is the story of a man who comes back from the brink, and is finally able to celebrate life in all its imperfections. (IFC Films)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. 88
    A wise and touching film with a lot of love in it. I may have given the wrong impression: It's not entirely about drinking, it's just entirely about a drinker.
  2. Thanks to the actors and the way the movie lets them loose, it's often funny or moving at all the right moments.
  3. 60
    This downbeat indie drama gives the leads a few excellent scenes together, and they acquit themselves credibly. But there's also a fair amount of wilted comedy from the stock supporting characters.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    60
    Writer-director Matt Mulhern confidently anchors his drama-comedy about an alcoholic Atlantic City pit boss with good writing and sharp dialogue. Script never treats characters as less than human.
  5. 40
    Duane Hopwood is suffused with hangdog dreariness, equivalent to a unsoled shoe treading rainwater.
  6. 40
    Loaded with unoriginal ideas, weak comedic concepts, and underwhelming emotional climaxes, the movie is the definition of bland.
  7. A fairly dreadful melodrama drenched in self-pity.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. CaseyS.
    May 7, 2006
    9
    If you have ever felt like your life is completely crumbling around you this movie will probably strike a chord with you. It is very simple If you have ever felt like your life is completely crumbling around you this movie will probably strike a chord with you. It is very simple in its camera work, the story arch, but ultimately you do care about Duane. He is deserving of both scorn and pity, by the end of the film I found myself empathizing with him. Expand
  2. BrianC.
    Apr 28, 2006
    8
    Good piece of acting by David Schwimmer.. portrays downslide of alcoholic without gloss, glamour, or dramatics -- but with doses of humor. Good piece of acting by David Schwimmer.. portrays downslide of alcoholic without gloss, glamour, or dramatics -- but with doses of humor. Very pleasant nugget of a movie. Expand
  3. othos
    Jul 20, 2007
    8
    Just saw this on Showtime. I have never liked Schwimmer and hated Friends. Nevertheless, I have always liked Garofalo, so I watched. I was Just saw this on Showtime. I have never liked Schwimmer and hated Friends. Nevertheless, I have always liked Garofalo, so I watched. I was pleasantly surprised. The film mines the same sort of vein as GARDEN STATE, including being set in N.J. That is to say that not much happens in the film, but the viewer is engaged nonetheless. More than anything, I was struck by how good Garafolo is. Now that she has hopped off the dead horse that is Air America Radio, on hopes that she will turn her attention to acting once again. Collapse

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