Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 31
  2. Negative: 5 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    40
    Somewhere along the line, the comedy turned from dark and playful to mean-spirited and sophomoric. A waste of the considerable appeal and comic talents of leads Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard James Havis
    50
    More demanding viewers hoping for the cruel wit of DeVito's "Throw Momma From the Train" or "The War of the Roses" will likely be disappointed by its lack of comic bite.
  3. Stooping to low-rent laffs By ELIZABETH WEITZMAN SPECIAL TO THE NEWS Ben Stiller, Drew Barrymore & Eileen Essel (on floor) DUPLEX. With Ben Stiller, Drew Barrymore. Directed by Danny DeVito. Running time: 88 mins. Rated PG-13: Slapstick violence, gross-out humor. There are people who can look at a creaky, crumbling house and home right in on the solid framework and fabulous fireplace. In "Duplex," Ben Stiller is the fireplace. As for the structure, well, this rather rickety comedy boasts a solid base, though sadly, too much of it has been plastered over with moldy jokes and leaky plot devices.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Tells an increasingly outlandish story with very funny (and often gross) moments. But about an hour in, it grows derivative and disappointing.
  5. 50
    The result is a cheap and cloying contraption that doesn't know when to stop smirking.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Warren
    50
    Might have been a tasty black comedy if treated as such, but the twisted sense of humor is never allowed to elevate beyond the cutesy sensibilities of a romantic comedy.
  7. Not terribly funny. When it does strain for humour, it opts for Farrelly brothers-style gross-outs -- vomit and chewed food and blocked drains -- which makes the movie itself seem like some kind of undigested expulsion rather than a well thought-out idea.
  8. 25
    Duplex, a shoddily constructed and alarmingly unfunny dark comedy that squanders the talents of Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore, is one real-estate deal you should walk away from.
  9. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    40
    Director DeVito doesn't make his characters' cold-blooded decisions anywhere near as credible as he did in territorial black comedy "The War Of The Roses." Someone's losing their touch, it seems.
  10. Were it allowed to be dark, Duplex would probably be more interesting, possibly even with cult appeal. Call it a fixer-upper with potential.
  11. Runs into construction problems, maybe from too many foremen. DeVito favors pushy slapstick; Stiller prefers hotshot sarcasm. Barrymore's comic talents are wasted; she's there for decoration.
  12. Reviewed by: Philip Wuntch
    33
    Unfunny and misguided, Duplex deserves a wrecking crew.
  13. There's no slow descent into ruthless warfare and we get neither the giddy charge of their bad behavior, nor the guilty sting of complicity in their ruthless desire. All that's left is an idea still in search of a script.
  14. 50
    Looks and sounds like a black comedy, but by the time DeVito reaches the cutesy, nonsensical ending, he's lost the will to follow through on it.
  15. Its drawback is that it's a one-joke affair, leading to a repetitiousness that makes the film seem overlong even at 87 minutes.
  16. This is a one-note deal, and it doesn't take long before you want to, well, just move out and leave these characters in their rent-controlled limbo.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Aug 10, 2013
    8
    This was pretty dang funny. I laughed a lot. It is one of the funnier Ben Stiller movies that there are. This definitely was very dark, about the level of darkness of Horrible Bosses. This was pretty short, and gave a few good laughs, so I recommend it. Full Review »
  2. Sep 16, 2013
    8
    This was pretty funny! I think it`s one of Ben Stiller`s best. You can really feel the main characters frustration moving into their new Duplex in Brooklyn. The Neighbor becomes a serious problem, and it`s fun watching them try to deal with it. Full Review »
  3. Aug 5, 2013
    7
    Esta pelicula es una comedia divertida y graciosa, me gusto mucho, la veo como una comedia hilarante y original, con un gran elenco, la pelicula vale la pena verla. Full Review »