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: John Anderson
    Almost everything that happens - and almost everything happens within Flama's apartment - is food for dry humor and very recognizable humanity.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    It's one of the small, pitch-perfect treasures of the movie year.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    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.
  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. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Inside this small canvas - almost the entire film unfolds in the one apartment - Mr. Eimbcke turns each character into an epic.
User Score

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
    The ultimate in minimalism.
  2. KenG.
    Apr 3, 2006
    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
    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 »