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) Magnolia

Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Ayoade, Avi Korine
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 25, 2014
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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

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