Double Take Reviews

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine
November 13, 2013
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.
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
March 25, 2011
... more entertaining than enlightening.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 9, 2010
Hardly earth-shattering enough for a 5-minute short, much less an 80-minute movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Mike Scott
July 23, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 4, 2010
Hitchcock was a master of mischief and misdirection, and no film so thoroughly infused with his spirit could be dull or predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Cabin
June 3, 2010
the most indefinable film currently playing in theaters; it also happens to be the most madly entertaining
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 3, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
June 3, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
June 2, 2010
Mildly entertaining, stylishly edited, but neither synthesized nor provocative enough to be a truly enlightening experience
Full Review | Original Score: 4.85/10
Kam Williams
Sly Fox
June 2, 2010
A marvelous, multi-media mockumentary about Hitchcock certain to add to the already lofty stature of the revered cinema icon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
June 2, 2010
Johan Grimonprez sure knows his Hitchcock! Double Take is a dazzling and dizzying avant-garde documentary homage--and then some.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
June 2, 2010
A way of showing how the Master of Suspense's work captured the zeitgeist, and how the zeitgeist responded by getting dumberer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
May 31, 2010
The connections that Grimonprez makes among his various areas of inquiry seem mightily tenuous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
May 21, 2010
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
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 15, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Paul Huckerby
Electric Sheep
April 8, 2010
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.
Alan Mack
Little White Lies
April 7, 2010
So here it is: an essay film it's okay to like.
| Original Score: 4/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 4, 2010
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
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
April 2, 2010
A single viewing only scratches the surface of this dazzling montage-based Hitchcock quasi-doc.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Peter Bradshaw
April 2, 2010
This is arguably a rather cerebral and indulgent reverie, but there is fascination, and something genuinely disturbing, in every frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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