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The Double (2014)



Critic Consensus: Hauntingly bleak and thrillingly ambitious, The Double offers Jesse Eisenberg a pair of compelling roles while reaffirming writer-director Richard Ayoade's remarkable talent.

Movie Info

Eisenberg plays Simon, a timid, isolated man who's overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams (Wasikowska). The arrival of a new co-worker, James (also played by Eisenberg), serves to upset the balance. James is both Simon's exact physical double and his opposite - confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simon's horror, James slowly starts taking over his life. (c) Magnoliamore
Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Ayoade, Avi Korine
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 25, 2014
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site


Jesse Eisenberg
as Simon James/James Si...
Wallace Shawn
as Mr. Papadopoulos
Yasmin Paige
as Melanie Papadopoulos
James Fox
as The Colonel
Craig Roberts
as Detective
Paddy Considine
as Jack as PT
Sally Hawkins
as Receptionist
Phyllis Somerville
as Simon's Mother
Tony Rohr
as Rudolph
Jon Korkes
as Detective
Tim Key
as Staff Member
Lloyd Woolf
as Investigator
Lydia Ayoade
as Test Invigilator
J. Mascis
as Janitor
Kierston Wareing
as Funeral Date
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News & Interviews for The Double

Critic Reviews for The Double

All Critics (117) | Top Critics (26)

The film's bleakness is almost satirical. It's Brazil drained of the daydreams.

Full Review… | June 13, 2014
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The Double invites second looks and close examination. As Simon finds when peering into mirrors, what we see is often unexpected.

Full Review… | June 12, 2014
Toronto Star
Top Critic

The Double doesn't get very deep, but it does get interesting.

Full Review… | May 23, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

"The Double" has a theatrical, self-conscious quality to it; the performances feel stagy and its production design looks like a grimly monotone Wes Anderson movie.

Full Review… | May 22, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Although Existentialism is out of fashion these days, I think a lot of people will be able to identify with Simon's plight in this film. It works as both absurdest comedy and as social commentary.

Full Review… | January 1, 2015
Laramie Movie Scope

Bleak dark comedy about contemporary urban alienation.

Full Review… | December 6, 2014
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Audience Reviews for The Double

No better pairing could exist than having an adaptation of Dostoyevsky directed by Richard Ayoade. One is absurdist and nearly dystopian, the other whimsical in a deliberate way. With grim settings, on edge characters, and a premise that belies logic for a sense of anonymity, "The Double" is a weird, wondrous ride through the mind of an invisible cog in a strange machine. Featuring Eisenberg in dual roles, he is both uncouth and barely audible, shamelessly self-promoting and irresponsibly obtuse. Other great performances come from Wallace Shawn as a near sighted boss, Mia Wasikowska as the love interest, and Cathy Moriarty in a great cameo as a waitress. Though much of this is engrossing, I would say the level of thoughtfulness sometimes overshadows the action, as it feels like a calculated thought experiment, more than a plot driven farce. What makes this film an interesting watch is the palpable tension between what's real and what's not, what's fair and what's not. It's outrageous in its simplicity, and depressing in its realism. Highly recommended for those with a quirky sense of humor, a love of the absurd, and a need for something intellectually stimulating.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Pretty yawn-inducing till it's halfway through, then gets a bit interesting for a while before it finally loses the steam again.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


A creepy dark, unique thriller that teases the senses but ultimately falls flat. It's like marmite you'll either love it or hate it!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

The Double Quotes

Janitor: Where you going?
Simon James/James Simon: Fuck off!
Janitor: Oh hey, James
– Submitted by Omar S (4 months ago)
Hannah: You probably think I should be thankful that you took me to the hospital, but I'm not. I wanted to die and now I'm afraid I won't have the courage to try again. Do you wanna know what I think? I think that you should kill yourself. I promise I won't try to stop you halfway through.
– Submitted by Omar S (4 months ago)
Simon James/James Simon: I don't know how to be myself. It's like I'm permanently outside myself. Like, like you could push your hands straight through me if you wanted to. And I can see the type of man I want to be versus the type of man I actually am and I know that I'm doing it but I'm incapable of what needs to be done. I'm like Pinocchio, a wooden boy. Not a real boy. And it kills me.
– Submitted by Rita S (10 months ago)
James Simon: You can't be doing anything gay. No ice cream cones.
Simon James: But I like ice cream.
James Simon: Of course you do, it's delicious. Ice cream is fine in a cup, but in a cone it's gay, unless you're with a woman at the time.
Simon James: Anything else?
James Simon: Riding in a motorcicle with another man. The only exceptions are: drive-by shootings, bomb-throwings and purse snatchings. Anything else is gay.
– Submitted by Nuno H (22 months ago)

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