It's No Lie: Duplicity Scores

Spy film gets wide, warm reception
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 20, 2009 2:18 PM CDT

(Newser) – Critics aren’t hiding their love for the twists and turns of Duplicity, a combination “caper movie,” “love story,” and “extra-dry corporate satire,” AO Scott notes in the New York Times. The buzz on the Julia Roberts-Clive Owen flick:

  • "Attempts—and to a surprising degree, succeeds—to pour a classic vintage into a 21st century bottle," writes Michael Phillips in the Chicago Tribune.

  • At 41, "Julia Roberts is sexier and more sophisticated but with the same sass she had 20 years ago," notes Joe Neumaier in the New York Daily News.
  • "However you describe it, Duplicity is superior entertainment, the most elegantly pleasurable movie of its kind to come around in a very long time," Scott adds.
  • But "hasn't writer-director Tony Gilroy read the surveys that say the last thing economically challenged audiences want is to think?" asks Peter Travers in Rolling Stone.