• Unrated, 1 hr. 20 min.
  • Documentary, Drama
  • Directed By:    Youssef Britel
  • In Theaters:    Jan 1, 2009 Wide
  • On DVD:    Dec 28, 2010
  • Kino International

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.

Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
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
A.O. Scott
New York Times
Top Critic
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
Filmcritic.com
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
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
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
Noel Murray
AV Club
Top Critic
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-
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.

Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
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
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
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
Guardian
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
Kate Muir
Times [UK]
April 2, 2010

A mash-up of the Master of Suspense and newsreel from the Cold War, playing on Hitchcock's obsession with doppelgängers.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2010

A documentary that practically defies description, Grimonprez's film is playful, provocative and very, very watchable.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
April 1, 2010

This says less about media-generated paranoia (both then and now) than it does about Hitchcock's teasing attitude to his work and how badly American cinema currently needs somebody of his genius.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Buckle
The Skinny
April 1, 2010

A dizzying mosaic of historical footage, vintage advertisements, contemporary interviews and a fiction strand adapted from Jorge Luis Borges combine and proffer multiple delights.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Film4
March 30, 2010

Deploying a dizzying bombardment of archival materials, Grimonprez concocts a Borgesian reflection on the recurring place of fear in twentieth-century history (and beyond), with Hitchcock as the duplicitous host.

Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
January 1, 2009

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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