Duplicity

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6.22 h 5 min2009X-RayPG-13
Julia Roberts and Clive Owen star as two sexy spies-turned-corporate operatives who put everything on the line to remain one double-cross ahead in a high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse.
Directors
Tony Gilroy
Starring
Clive OwenJulia RobertsTom Wilkinson
Genres
SuspenseDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]Español
Audio languages
EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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3.8 out of 5 stars

525 global ratings

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Jameson CallahanReviewed in the United States on October 27, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Actors delightful. Disappointing end. Corporate rats (movie industry) won in the end.
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Two plots. Romantic banter between two actors I enjoy. Big biz fighting each other and sucking the viewer into watching a very disappointing end -- for the actors and for the viewer who invested their time. I felt as flattened by the loss and Julia and Clive. Best moments, watching Julia and Clive together, baiting each other, threatening treachery, romancing each other.. That was the great part! But the movie was about them trying to bust the chops of corporate giants and for all their brilliance, they lose in the end. Their relationship was the most charming part. The jumping back and forth through time made my head spin. Some fun, clever dialogue and bits between the two, some playful and sweet banter. And as I said, a VERY disappointing end where they got shafted and I got shafted for sticking with them while the boring corporation sucked me in to watching to the whole movie. (And what was Clive doing trying to have an accent from Tennessee?) Cheeky of the studio to do this to two great stars and to me for wasting my time by trading on their personalities. Kind of sadistic of the studio. I got suckered.
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C. JackReviewed in the United States on November 3, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
This was so bad, it was painful...
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I usually like Clive Owen, and I can tolerate Julia Roberts. This movie was painful right from the start...and boring. The opening scene of the rivals behaving childishly at the airport should have been enough of a warning. However, the corporate spy thing just framed "boring" and I just couldn't get invested in the movie. After about 15 or so minutes, the fast forward started...until I just had to end the pain and shut down around the 1 hour mark. I did not find one thing that would make me recommend it to anyone. I guess that's a good reason why I never heard of it or saw it advertised on the big screen...
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on October 15, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Owen and Roberts together are as good as the 2 companies trying to spy on each other
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Paul Giamatti and Tom Wilkinson not only own rival companies but intensely hate each other. They have extensive security networks and spies to undermine each other which is where Clive Owen and Julia Roberts come in as they work for different sides in this competition. The two are great together. Owen has a speech he gives Roberts when he sees her initially about being offended that she doesn’t remember him. She really pulled a fast one on him which is part of her job as a security agent. Their relationship is even better than the two companies going after each other. That’s not to say Giamatti doesn’t have his time to shine as the obsessive CEO who goes on rants. It’s all a lot of fun.
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wild oakReviewed in the United States on October 29, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Never clicked
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It's a sassy, high-gloss production, with such a solid cast, my expectation was high, yet I just can't seem to engage. Cast chemistry is good, but the issue isn't with the cast. Director tries to be cute, but a little too cute for his own good. The back-and-forth timeline flip is interesting, but it's one too many to get audience annoyed. Who would have thought commercial espionage can go to this length, yet all I could feel was, this is frivolous. Yes, perhaps audience should have been forewarned and clued in from the beginning by the childish tussle between Wilkinson and Giamatti, that we shouldn't take this movie too seriously (or literally). And so, we get the hint: Why bother? Who cares? It's all such a pity since I really want to love this movie, I do. But, I just can't feel it. It's entertaining enough on a slow night, but I won't watch it again.
PaulaReviewed in the United States on October 10, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Boring
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I love Julia Roberts but Duplicity was the equivalent of a sandwich consisting of nothing more than stale bread. Sadly, this movie was yet another poorly written and predictable Hollywood miss that smacks of the narrow-minded "vision" of the entitled producers who created it.
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Todd M.Reviewed in the United States on April 5, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Corporate espionage movies should have their own genre.
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This one requires some attention from the viewer or you’ll quickly be lost… as was I until I got caught up with what I missed. There are a lot of twists in this one and it’s much more about how two CEO’s battle each other and the pawns they use in their maneuvers. There’s nothing really outstanding to it other than the plot and ending. It moves along nicely, it’s a decent cast and, overall, not much not to like in this one.
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Irena CanovaReviewed in the United States on October 19, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
So boring and uninteresting
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This is the slowest death ever, so boring, so confusing- I cannot more uninterested than I am right now.
I used to love Roberts but she really cant act here! Annoying plot, acting,everything.
I made it trough 20 min of it.
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TKOReviewed in the United States on November 19, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Non-likeable characters, unbelievable plot.
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This is just a tedious, terrible movie. The characters are unlikable, they have no charisma or chemistry, and the plot device of jumping backwards to explain their story doesn't work. If these two were real spies, they wouldn't find themselves in the position they did at the end. Boring corporate espionage which wasn't made interesting. Camera work tried to be avant garde - wasn't. Wooden performance from most of the actors, especially Julia Roberts and Clive Owens. Even the music sucked. I lost interest a third of the way in and fast forwarded through most of to see if anything interesting happened. It didn't. Ending sucked. Wasn't even worth the fast forwarding.
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