Entertaining enough game of industrial espionage, kicked off, behind the credits, with a slapstick soundless slo-mo fight on the tarmac between the ungainly Paul Giamatti and Tom Wilkinson. The repeated doubling-back in time proves to be more exasperating than clever, but writer-director Tony Gilroy, going light after Michael Clayton, hasn’t abandoned his conscience. And he has written some breezy dialogue, despite the major windbreak of Julia Roberts. On the other side, Clive Owen nicely holds up his end. 2009.

2.0 stars

— Duncan Shepherd

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richinsd March 16, 2009 @ 11:05 p.m.

Duplicity staring Julia Roberts and Clive Owen is kind of a story about a love between two secret agents. Blind love you might say since they both, as expert as they both appear, totally overlooked the fact that they were lead on by their superiors in kind of a trap that lead absolutely nowhere.

Love at first sight perhaps, as reshearsed as it was, which you will see when you watch this movie. Now who likes movies that take you to a certain point then go back in time to fill you in on the background of what is currently happening? I know I hate that. But there was so much of that in this movie, I actually got caught up in all of it.

I give this quite interesting movie two stars and kind of liked it. You might find it kind of cool too.

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magicsfive March 17, 2009 @ 6:23 p.m.

i haven't seen the movie (so you're probably not interested in MY two cents) but from what i see on the commercials on tv for it, it really reminds me of the sidney sheldon book "if tomorrow comes"...does anyone remember that book? it's one of my favorites...it was also made into a movie, starring tom beringer and madoline smith. xoxo

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Gian Ghio March 27, 2009 @ 9:46 p.m.

This is one of those movies that you would have to watch a half dozen times to understand everything that is going on. Everybody is playing everybody and nobody’s real intentions are revealed until the very end of the movie. It is a story about corporate intelligence, counter-intelligence, and counter-counter-intelligence. Julia Roberts and Clive Owen could have had better chemistry but they played believable spies. It left me a little confused but I liked it because of its good screenplay.

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Alan Segal March 29, 2009 @ 8:31 a.m.

"Duplicity", the new caper movie with it's expensive production values, locations, and big name stars should be much better than it is. Julia Roberts, Clive Owens, Paul Giamatti and Tom wilkinson head the high priced cast. But it's writer and director Tony Gilroy tries too hard to top his last Oscar recognized film, "Michael Clayton". In Duplicity, Gilroy reverts to time shifting to tell his convoluted story and the cinema experience is like playing pick up sticks, with no sense or clarity until the ending, when a single stick is left.

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coolinout1 June 29, 2009 @ 10:43 p.m.

I was charmed by the two leads (Clive Owen, Julia Roberts) and their performances, as well as my initial setup of the film, but somewhere along the way I got completely lost that I couldn't wait to see what the conclusion was to see how everything got pieced together. However, the end result (which wasn't completely predictable) didn't feel like it was worth sitting through for.

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Mango Oct. 21, 2009 @ 6:54 p.m.

Duplicity was a far better movie in retrospect, than I thought it was when I was actually watching it. When I was driving home after the movie, I thought about the plot and realized that it was actually pretty clever. The way the story line is laid out in the movie is rather confusing, at least in the beginning, and by the time you figure out that the scenes are presented in inverse order (on purpose) you probably will have already lost interest in this movie. It felt like for every plot step forward, two steps were taken backward. Confusing, yes, but mostly it was annoying, and then it got repetitive, so that made it boring. That is until the end. There was great “didn’t see that coming ending” so it’s a good thing I didn’t fall asleep or walk out. Duplicity is an ok movie; you just have to sit through it until the end. But if you can’t make it to the end, the first scene of the movie (or maybe it’s the last if you go by how the rest of the movie is laid out) is so great that hopefully you will feel like you got your money’s worth. It is a super slow-motion ballet-like scene with Paul Giamatti engaging in a brawl with Tom Wilkinson on an airport tarmac. If you can’t stomach the idea of sitting through the whole movie, just check out that one scene on You Tube, it’s terrific, although it was much more spectacular on the big screen. Paul Giamatti does angry proud.

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