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Double Take (2009)



Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 8

It's neither as profound nor as enlightening as it wants to be, but this stylishly edited Hitchcock homage brims with its subject's singular spirit.


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2

It's neither as profound nor as enlightening as it wants to be, but this stylishly edited Hitchcock homage brims with its subject's singular spirit.



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"Double Take" is a tale of intrigue, personal paranoia and deception. Using archive footage, the film uses Hitchcock's own sardonic wit to explore his preoccupation with doubles -- a recurring theme in his films -- to virtuoso and entertaining effect. Positioned against the backdrop of the Cold War and inspired by Jorge Luis Borges novella, "The OtherÔ," best-selling British author Tom McCarthy writes a plot to mirror the political intrigue in which Hitchcock and his elusive double increasingly


Documentary, Drama

Johan Grimonprez

Dec 28, 2010

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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (8) | DVD (2)

Hardly earth-shattering enough for a 5-minute short, much less an 80-minute movie.

December 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Hitchcock was a master of mischief and misdirection, and no film so thoroughly infused with his spirit could be dull or predictable.

June 4, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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This isn't a normal movie; it's an art installation. And whatever it may have been meant to be, it takes its real meaning from you.

June 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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By contrasting Hitchcock's explanation of "The MacGuffin" with TV commercials and old arguments over who's winning the Cold War, Grimonprez makes a case for how historical events can be driven by threats more perceived than actual.

June 3, 2010 Full Review Source: AV Club
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A way of showing how the Master of Suspense's work captured the zeitgeist, and how the zeitgeist responded by getting dumberer.

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Double Take is a cunning hybrid-call it a psycho-doc. Playful yet tempered with paranoia, curiously the whole thing nevertheless seems more nostalgic than cautionary.

November 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

... more entertaining than enlightening.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online
Turner Classic Movies Online

The message is muddy, but that doesn't feel as important as the delivery method, which ends up redeeming this as a film experiment that succeeds for its sense of derring-do if nothing else.

July 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

the most indefinable film currently playing in theaters; it also happens to be the most madly entertaining

June 3, 2010 Full Review Source:

Mildly entertaining, stylishly edited, but neither synthesized nor provocative enough to be a truly enlightening experience

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

A marvelous, multi-media mockumentary about Hitchcock certain to add to the already lofty stature of the revered cinema icon.

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Sly Fox
Sly Fox

Johan Grimonprez sure knows his Hitchcock! Double Take is a dazzling and dizzying avant-garde documentary homage--and then some.

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The connections that Grimonprez makes among his various areas of inquiry seem mightily tenuous.

May 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Johan Grimonprez ("dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y" - 1997) proves himself a master of the art of montage as he balances compounding strands of logic in a seemingly staggering display of seamless critical analysis. "Double Take" is an art film of the highest order. Do

May 21, 2010 Full Review Source:

Drawing hazy parallels between the Cold War and the rise of consumerist culture, the film implies ideological battles are won by those best able to exploit the media in insidious ways.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Double Take is a very entertaining film and is at times very funny -- aside from the Hitchcock intros, there is also the strange comedy double act of Nixon and Khrushchev.

April 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Electric Sheep
Electric Sheep

So here it is: an essay film it's okay to like.

April 7, 2010
Little White Lies

Hitchcock fans and die-hard moviegoers will enjoy this offbeat collage-style movie, which is expertly assembled but struggles to engage us with a coherent story or theme

April 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

A single viewing only scratches the surface of this dazzling montage-based Hitchcock quasi-doc.

April 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

This is arguably a rather cerebral and indulgent reverie, but there is fascination, and something genuinely disturbing, in every frame.

April 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian

Audience Reviews for Double Take

Double take is quite indulgent of Youssef Britel, a big Hitchcock fan and not the first time he's subjected his late hero to celluloid. He's very respectful in his handling of his borrowed footage though and is acknowledgeably mischievous with it also. Double take is quite haunting at times, heightened by the excellent Bernard Herman soundtrack but also by the narrative that is actually more fact than it is fiction. A great bit of original cinema, compelling, frightening and quite astonishing at times. Recommended.
September 28, 2010

Super Reviewer

An 'art' film in every sense of the word. I was never bored but I can't really say that I totally followed it. The mixture of fictional story (1980 Hitchcock meeting his 1962 doppelganger) and historical cold war documentary along with a Hitchcock lookalikes reminiscences makes for an interesting feature but a bewildering one. Like any experimental piece of work you can always find connections if there are enough strands and if you look hard enough but they may not always be what the film-maker intended. That being the case I can't say I understand the film but as a Hitchcock fan I enjoyed the old footage, the clever use of editing and the great soudtracks of Bernard Herrmann.
August 18, 2011
David Sayers

Super Reviewer

One of the most unusual films I have ever seen. It's not unusual in a typical way, it's more unusual because of the subject matter. Two stories are going on throughout the film. One story is about a 1980 Hitchcock visiting a 1962 Hitchcock and it's all done with old stock footage with voice overs. The second story is about the height of the cold war all done with news footage. This is all well and good, but you never see a real connection between the two and it's just a weird idea. This film is 95% television footage and at times it is compelling, but in the end it just doesn't make any sense. It does get a extra star for a great Bernard Herman score throughout.
May 27, 2010

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