Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 29
  2. Negative: 11 out of 29
  1. Miserable as it crawls for two eternal hours toward being "life-affirming."
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Hits mostly flat notes, then a few really sour ones.
  3. 38
    Giamatti provides those small moments of triumph that Duets pretends to celebrate but instead stifles with its sense of superiority.
  4. 33
    To be fair, there are moments when the film seems better than, finally, it is.
  5. 30
    This soft, formulaic comedy/drama has a far better cast than it deserves, and they work their hearts out trying to bring life to a cliched script.
  6. Only the most indulgent would fail to notice that this movie can't hold a tune.
  7. 30
    Why the devotion to such dull material?
  8. 30
    A road movie, though there's a decided lack of forward motion.
  9. By the time Duets faces the music, hardly anyone is going to care.
  10. 25
    The talented cast doesn't stand much of a chance in this rambling, pointless narrative.
  11. A conceptual train wreck, with half an idea scattered like disaster debris all over the screen.

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