|Buena Vista Pictures Distribution | Release Date: September 15, 2000||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
An intermittently irresistible entertainment.
Duets is to movies what karaoke is to pop: a spirited attempt by non-pros.
The joys of singing give the movie a hook, but when Duets aims for lyricism, it's got a tin ear.
Simply creaks with contrivance -- particularly in its overwrought finale.
Miserable as it crawls for two eternal hours toward being "life-affirming."
Hits mostly flat notes, then a few really sour ones.
Giamatti provides those small moments of triumph that Duets pretends to celebrate but instead stifles with its sense of superiority.
To be fair, there are moments when the film seems better than, finally, it is.
By the time Duets faces the music, hardly anyone is going to care.
The talented cast doesn't stand much of a chance in this rambling, pointless narrative.
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