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Double Take Reviews

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
May 31, 2010
The connections that Grimonprez makes among his various areas of inquiry seem mightily tenuous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
June 2, 2010
Mildly entertaining, stylishly edited, but neither synthesized nor provocative enough to be a truly enlightening experience
Full Review | Original Score: 4.85/10
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
April 1, 2010
Its laboured contention that the cold war era was an age of unique and privileged anxiety seems dubious. (Every age in its different but equal way is an age of anxiety.)
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 4, 2010
Hitchcock fans and die-hard moviegoers will enjoy this offbeat collage-style movie, which is expertly assembled but struggles to engage us with a coherent story or theme
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
June 2, 2010
A way of showing how the Master of Suspense's work captured the zeitgeist, and how the zeitgeist responded by getting dumberer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
March 31, 2010
Double Take is an ingeniously constructed film that's ultimately something of a mixed bag -- it's worth seeing for the vintage clips and the sinister coffee commercials, but the other elements never really come together in a satisfying way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 15, 2010
Drawing hazy parallels between the Cold War and the rise of consumerist culture, the film implies ideological battles are won by those best able to exploit the media in insidious ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 9, 2010
Hardly earth-shattering enough for a 5-minute short, much less an 80-minute movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Paul Huckerby
Electric Sheep
April 8, 2010
Double Take is a very entertaining film and is at times very funny -- aside from the Hitchcock intros, there is also the strange comedy double act of Nixon and Khrushchev.
Chris Buckle
The Skinny
April 1, 2010
A dizzying mosaic of historical footage, vintage advertisements, contemporary interviews and a fiction strand adapted from Jorge Luis Borges combine and proffer multiple delights.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
April 2, 2010
A mash-up of the Master of Suspense and newsreel from the Cold War, playing on Hitchcock's obsession with doppelgängers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike Scott
July 23, 2010
The message is muddy, but that doesn't feel as important as the delivery method, which ends up redeeming this as a film experiment that succeeds for its sense of derring-do if nothing else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Anton Bitel
March 30, 2010
Deploying a dizzying bombardment of archival materials, Grimonprez concocts a Borgesian reflection on the recurring place of fear in twentieth-century history (and beyond), with Hitchcock as the duplicitous host.
Kam Williams
Sly Fox
June 2, 2010
A marvelous, multi-media mockumentary about Hitchcock certain to add to the already lofty stature of the revered cinema icon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Alan Mack
Little White Lies
April 7, 2010
So here it is: an essay film it's okay to like.
| Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
May 21, 2010
Johan Grimonprez ("dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y" - 1997) proves himself a master of the art of montage as he balances compounding strands of logic in a seemingly staggering display of seamless critical analysis. "Double Take" is an art film of the highest order. Do
Full Review | Original Score: A
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
March 25, 2011
... more entertaining than enlightening.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 3, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 4, 2010
Hitchcock was a master of mischief and misdirection, and no film so thoroughly infused with his spirit could be dull or predictable.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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