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Double Take (2009)



Critic Consensus: It's neither as profound nor as enlightening as it wants to be, but this stylishly edited Hitchcock homage brims with its subject's singular spirit.

Movie Info

"Double Take" is a tale of intrigue, personal paranoia and deception. Using archive footage, the film uses Hitchcock's own sardonic wit to explore his preoccupation with doubles -- a recurring theme in his films -- to virtuoso and entertaining effect. Positioned against the backdrop of the Cold War and inspired by Jorge Luis Borges novella, "The OtherÔ," best-selling British author Tom McCarthy writes a plot to mirror the political intrigue in which Hitchcock and his elusive double increasingly obsess over the perfect murder of each other.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Johan Grimonprez, Tom McCarthy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 28, 2010
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Critic Reviews for Double Take

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (6)

Hardly earth-shattering enough for a 5-minute short, much less an 80-minute movie.

Full Review… | December 9, 2010
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Hitchcock was a master of mischief and misdirection, and no film so thoroughly infused with his spirit could be dull or predictable.

Full Review… | June 4, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

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… | June 3, 2010
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

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… | June 3, 2010
AV Club
Top Critic

A way of showing how the Master of Suspense's work captured the zeitgeist, and how the zeitgeist responded by getting dumberer.

Full Review… | June 2, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 13, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

Audience Reviews for Double Take

An 'art' film in every sense of the word. I was never bored but I can't really say that I totally followed it. The mixture of fictional story (1980 Hitchcock meeting his 1962 doppelganger) and historical cold war documentary along with a Hitchcock lookalikes reminiscences makes for an interesting feature but a bewildering one. Like any experimental piece of work you can always find connections if there are enough strands and if you look hard enough but they may not always be what the film-maker intended. That being the case I can't say I understand the film but as a Hitchcock fan I enjoyed the old footage, the clever use of editing and the great soudtracks of Bernard Herrmann.

David Sayers
David Sayers

Super Reviewer


One of the most unusual films I have ever seen. It's not unusual in a typical way, it's more unusual because of the subject matter. Two stories are going on throughout the film. One story is about a 1980 Hitchcock visiting a 1962 Hitchcock and it's all done with old stock footage with voice overs. The second story is about the height of the cold war all done with news footage. This is all well and good, but you never see a real connection between the two and it's just a weird idea. This film is 95% television footage and at times it is compelling, but in the end it just doesn't make any sense. It does get a extra star for a great Bernard Herman score throughout.

cody franklin

Super Reviewer

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