The Devil's Double Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 12, 2011
It's worth seeing for Cooper's performances, but only just.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
August 11, 2011
Lurching from breathless melodrama to Bond-like adventure it is never convincing but it is also never dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
August 11, 2011
The devilish nature of Latif's predicament continually intrigues.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film4
August 11, 2011
See it for Dominic Cooper's performance, avoid it for the messy structure and refusal to properly get under the skin of either its mad, bad and dangerous villain or straight-laced hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
August 11, 2011
This isn't exactly a complex study of Iraqi history, but director Lee Tamahori punches it across, and the Stalinesque use of doubles in Iraq is interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
August 11, 2011
The hero of "The Devil's Double" may get upstaged by the villain, but that's not exactly bad news for star Dominic Cooper, since he plays both parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
August 11, 2011
Dominic Cooper is hammily amusing in one part and merely wooden in the other.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 11, 2011
Anchored by a fierce double performance from Dominic Cooper, this true story is so intensely violent that it's not easy to watch. But it's an extremely well-made film, and the tight point of view makes it both riveting and urgent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
August 11, 2011
Violent and full of swearing, it's often hard to watch although blackly amusing in places
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
August 10, 2011
As its helmer's credits suggest, The Devil's Double isn't exactly Syriana, but it is relentlessly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies
August 10, 2011
One of the ugliest films for a long time, visually and otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
August 10, 2011
Cooper plays the vicious rotter in the manner of an enraged Freddie Mercury auditioning for Alvin and the Chipmunks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
August 10, 2011
Lurid, entertaining thriller that succeeds thanks to some gleeful excesses and a pair of terrific performances from Dominic Cooper, though it's safe to say that the events depicted in the films should be taken with a pinch of salt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
August 10, 2011
I believe Tamahori is attempting to construct his own Scarface legacy, though I shudder at the thought of Uday being transformed into an urban hero.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
August 10, 2011
The terrific dual performances in The Devil's Double ensure that this sensationalized account of Saddam Hussein's merciless son and his beleaguered lookalike is a worthwhile experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Cath Clarke
Time Out
August 9, 2011
Even more tasteless than its main character's gold 'n' marble palace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 9, 2011
An all-together powerful and engaging account of solid acting prowess from Cooper.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
William Goss
Film.com
August 9, 2011
The elements of tyranny, treachery and temptation are all there in one true-life package, but in the hands of director Lee Tamahori, The Devil's Double plays more like a melodrama than a docudrama.
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
August 8, 2011
A tedious exercise in obsessively black and white storytelling.
Simon Crook
Empire Magazine
August 8, 2011
A blistering, brutal Iraqi Scarface. You do wonder what the point of it all is, but Cooper is fantastic. Twice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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