The Do-Deca-Pentathlon Reviews

  • These movie guys specialize in snapping vignettes of human inconsistency - no fancy lighting required.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Although very funny, this film taps into a primal male competitiveness whose force outweighs reason and common sense.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

  • The cast begins in that mumblecore mode of quietly overreacting to everything, but once the testosterone starts oozing, the characters jump out into four substantial dimensions.

    Michael Atkinson — Village Voice

  • So much of this oddly named but perfectly played dramedy feels real, from the revisits to VHS tapes in parents' basements to the way a family member's glance can trigger fight-or-flight responses.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • You begin the film thinking you have a pretty good idea where it's going, and you find out not even Jeremy and Mark really know.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Even as small movies go, it's tiny, with a budget to match. But it's got a big heart.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • A delightfully scrappy backburner passion project from Jay and Mark Duplass.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

  • A decent idea for an episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond," "The Do-Deca-Pentathlon" falls short as a movie.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • Although it assumes a light, inoffensive tone, Do Deca is unquestionably the brothers' most personal film by virtue of its antiheroes, a pair of warring siblings seemingly inspired by the directors themselves.

    Eric Kohn — indieWIRE

  • A pre-Cyrus film by the Duplass Brothers bolsters their rep as distinctive low-budget auteurs.

    John DeFore — Hollywood Reporter

  • Do-Deca is a stripped-down examination of male relationships and identity crisis. It's as if someone picked up a bromance and shook the dumb bits out.

    Mary F. Pols — TIME Magazine

  • "Do-Deca" can't always overcome the sensation that this is as much a no-budget as it is a no-holds-barred affair. But the sardonic slights and crafty insights are steadily there.

    Betsy Sharkey — Los Angeles Times

  • But if Cyrus succeeded as a marriage of established (that is to say, bankable) Hollywood performers and the already codified mumblecore aesthetic, The Do-Deca-Pentathlon comes off as pointless retread.

    Dan Sullivan — Film Comment Magazine

  • The Do-Deca-Pentathlon doesn't quite possess enough plot or substance to wholeheartedly warrant the full-length-feature treatment.

    David Nusair — Reel Film Reviews

  • You've seen overgrown man child characters in plenty of Will Ferrell movies, but The Do-Deca Pentathlon is funny without playing for laughs.

    Eric Melin —

  • The picture is strangely anticlimactic, despite highlighting numerous sporting events and a toxic domestic atmosphere, content to leisurely resolve discontent that feels like it deserves a more forceful approach.

    Brian Orndorf —

  • The story girding Do-Deca - though intriguing - doesn't feel as well-developed as previous Duplass scripts. As a result, it never quite resonates, style be darned.

    Mike Scott — Times-Picayune

  • The wisest choice of all is to cast talented unknown actors, who make these characters and the absurd goings-on feel that much more real--and hence all the more funny.

    Michael Dequina —

  • I think the film gets better as it wears on, as the characters finally start to feel more relaxed and natural, and by the end, I bought the sentiment it reaches for.

    Drew McWeeny — HitFix

  • A lot of fun as a comedy of men behaving badly, the Duplass brothers' film also digs into masculine norms and methods of communication and respect with a lot of recognizable truth.

    Brent Simon —

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