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  • Summary: An unlikely foursome stumble upon little revelations and insights into the kind of youthful longing that stays with one well past adolescence. (Warner Independent Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 70
    Duck Season is something quite different, capable of gratifying film snobs and regular viewers alike.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    40
    Sometimes Duck Season is amusing. More often, though, it is boring and icky.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. CarlinhosB.
    Mar 9, 2006
    10
    what a great movie this is. Is so fresh I'm sure most audiences will hate it, but it is so simple that makes you very passionate about it. This is a must see supported by the great Alfonso Cuaron. It won 11 Ariels by the way. Collapse
  2. 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 Hall, from Film Threat, who called it "boring" and "icky" should not write movie reviews). Expand
  3. MosesF.
    Mar 10, 2006
    10
    Love it!
  4. Juan
    Mar 23, 2006
    10
    one of the few films that truly captures the essence of youth. funny and touching, yet another great example of the renaissance that mexican cinema is experiencing. Expand
  5. TomB.
    Mar 23, 2006
    10
    Fantastic from beginning to end! One of the things I loved about it was the clever use of sound as a metronome for the flow of the picture. Brilliant! And not a bad bunch of acting either. Expand
  6. MariodelaG.
    Mar 10, 2006
    9
    I wish I can see it again...
  7. 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 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. Expand

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