Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    100
    It's one of the small, pitch-perfect treasures of the movie year.
  2. A quiet, loopy gem, Duck Season is a goofball celebration of old friends, new beginnings, adolescent freedom, and baked goods laced with a little something extra.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    100
    Almost everything that happens - and almost everything happens within Flama's apartment - is food for dry humor and very recognizable humanity.
  4. Duck Season unfolds with a slaphappy logic that only looks casual. In fact, every unfinished conversation and banal picture on the wall (one's of ducks) matters as four little people share one memorable little day.
  5. Inside this small canvas - almost the entire film unfolds in the one apartment - Mr. Eimbcke turns each character into an epic.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    88
    A highly satisfying miniature. Its subject may be adolescence, and some of its pot-smoking, kick-back humor is adolescent too--in a good way. But the film's calm and witty visual rhythm offers a rueful awareness of time passing and of time wasted, in ways that people tend not to appreciate fully until long after they've wasted it.
  7. 83
    Mexican writer-director Fernando Eimbcke got his start in short films and documentaries, and his first feature reveals a gift for concision: It doesn't overexert itself trying to come to big conclusions about these characters, and even the comedic scenes settle for gentle quirks over broad guffaws.
  8. The lovely, unpredictable comedy Duck Season marks the arrival of a fresh talent in writer-director Fernando Eimbcke. His script is vibrant with unforced humanist observations, the performances are natural and endearing.
  9. Sometimes a film about nothing can be a film about everything; a film without overwhelmingly dramatic events can delight you more than an outsized epic. The sly and disarming Duck Season is such a film.
  10. Director Fernando Eimbcke, in an extraordinary debut, never expresses contempt for his characters. By examining their inner lives with compassion and respect, he inspires us to do the same.
  11. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    75
    Some viewers will wonder what exactly it is they are supposed to be laughing at, but those that do find themselves on the movie's wavelength will enjoy its observational approach to comedy.
  12. The Mexican writer-director Fernando Eimbcke attempts to give this story a melancholy overlay, but its main interest is in its confirmation that teenagers are pretty much the same everywhere.
  13. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    Slow but charming film.
  14. It's about the kind of kids who could never sit still enough, unfortunately, for a movie that perfectly captures the frustrations, longings, obsessions and torments of the awkward years before manhood.
  15. 75
    A hilariously deadpan black-and-white slacker comedy, Duck Season is sort of like "Wayne's World" directed by a Mexican Jim Jarmusch.
  16. 75
    Not very much really happens in Duck Season, but in its rich details, it remembers how absorbing and endless every single day can seem when you're 14.
  17. Reviewed by: Neva Chonin
    75
    The beauty of Duck Season is its insistence that profound human experiences can arrive slowly, in incremental packages, scattered over the course of an average Sunday.
  18. The spirits of Jim Jarmusch and Kevin Smith hover over this breezy slacker comedy set on a comatose Sunday afternoon.
  19. 75
    Warm, winning and clever.
  20. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    70
    The fullness of Duck Season is in direct proportion to its smallness; its modesty makes it bloom.
  21. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    70
    This slight but appealing film's funky eccentricity feels a little contrived at times.
  22. 70
    Duck Season is not (yet) the work of a great filmmaker, but it's the kind of movie in which a fledgling director traps his talent in a bottle and saves it for next time.
  23. 70
    Duck Season is something quite different, capable of gratifying film snobs and regular viewers alike.
  24. Not in recent memory has a movie so short – 90 minutes on the nose – been so stagnant and stubbornly slow to build. And that's exactly the point.
  25. The characters' behavior isn't always believable, and the jerky rhythm takes some getting used to (there may be more attitude here than observation). But the defiant absence of any conventional plot has a cumulative charm.
  26. Shot in silvery black-and-white, Duck Season is not charmless, just insubstantial.
  27. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    40
    Sometimes Duck Season is amusing. More often, though, it is boring and icky.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. [Anonymous]
    Sep 9, 2006
    5
    The ultimate in minimalism.
  2. KenG.
    Apr 3, 2006
    4
    Watching people in a movie just hanging around being bored, is well, kind of boring. I've seen the comparsions to "Steinfeld" some have Watching people in a movie just hanging around being bored, is well, kind of boring. I've seen the comparsions to "Steinfeld" some have made, but "Steinfeld" didn't work because it was "about nothing". "Steinfeld" worked because it was a very funny show that happened to be "about nothing". On the other hand "Duck season" is a dull and kind of drab movie "about nothing". I also never really believed the 30- something year old pizza delivery guy would spend the whole day palling around with 14-year olds kids, escepially when he had a job to get back to. I understand that the point was that in his heart he didn't mind getting fired, but I just didn't think movie handled this aspect in a believeable way. Full Review »
  3. Michael
    Mar 29, 2006
    10
    It's an excellent little movie: it manages to be profound while picturing everyday life. It's worth seeing at least once. (And Phil It's an excellent little movie: it manages to be profound while picturing everyday life. It's worth seeing at least once. (And Phil Hall, from Film Threat, who called it "boring" and "icky" should not write movie reviews). Full Review »