The Double Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
Old laundry, a limp, doddering would-be thriller that desperately needs Jack Bauer to show up and start shooting things and yelling at people.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Kate Erbland
Boxoffice Magazine
September 27, 2011
Too silly to be confusing and too flaccid to reach potboiler status, the convoluted spy-thriller The Double is a tossed-off theatrical release that lands with a resounding thud.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine
October 28, 2011
Not only does The Double's outdated theme feel out of leftfield, it's unexplained and without reason.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
November 4, 2011
Questionable motives and unbelievable decisions are relatively small potatoes compared with the Sputnik-size plotholes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
October 26, 2011
Like a Training Day for spy thrillers, The Double provocatively pairs Gere and Grace as a gray-green odd couple, only to unravel as the double-crossed absurdities pile up and the duo start trading bad Russian accents in a private Mexican standoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
December 30, 2012
Let's hope Richard Gere never has to make another one this cheesy after his comeback in "Arbitrage."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 3, 2011
Here is a movie constructed from basic parts at the Used Screenplay Store, with a character plugged in whenever one is required.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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October 28, 2011
The story makes no sense and leads nowhere but into a creaky buddy movie that can't round itself off without a last-minute hero falling on his sword to save another.
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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
October 25, 2011
Whether it's the clumsy use of flashbacks, the air of manufactured portentousness, or the completely unbelievable casting of Grace in a role that requires a certain authority utterly lacking in the actor's performance, almost every move seems a misstep.
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
February 8, 2012
Gere phones in a cool, detached performance. Grace is sub-par as the whiz kid agent. And, the story, despite numerous plot twists, fails to entertain. Grade: C.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Alison Willmore
Movieline
October 27, 2011
Despite similarities, this film is several rungs down the ladder from Salt and lacks the charisma of a lead like Angelina Jolie to pull you past nagging silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
November 3, 2011
The feature labors over details as though the C.I.A. is going to use this as a training tool for new recruits, taking a very silly, logic-leaping effort with the utmost seriousness.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 26, 2011
If this is the best script Richard Gere and Topher Grace can get these days, perhaps it's time for a hiatus.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
October 26, 2011
Staged with the trite, predictable rhythms of garden-variety espionage. Gere acts circles around it as long as he can.
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
November 4, 2011
With nothing resembling a character worth rooting for, the fact that the plot of The Double just gets sillier and sillier makes it one of the most annoying films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.0/5.0
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
October 30, 2011
Generic, formulaic fumble, misjudging its revelations and overestimating their impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 27, 2011
The twist in The Double slack mystery-thriller is revealed with a shrug about a third of the way in. After that, it's all about Gere looking grim, and Grace looking stricken as he learns what we already know.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 27, 2011
A tedious, impenetrable cat-and-mouse game involving Russian double and triple agents.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 28, 2011
What can you say about a dull spy thriller that gives away its big "secret'' both in its trailer and the film's title?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 28, 2011
It soon devolves into a mess of slit throats and competing motives. Everyone, it seems, has a plot - except the screenwriters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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