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The Double Hour Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
While the twists and turns in "The Double Hour" indeed achieve the level of Messrs. Shyamalan and Amenábar in top form, they nevertheless reek of gimmickry.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 3, 2013
Too many of the film's curiosities are explained away with a cliched device, but Capotondi has created an unsettling mood which creeps beneath the skin.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 8, 2013
A modest and modestly effective Italian thriller with a supernatural twist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
January 27, 2012
most of The Double Hour doesn't really need to exist in order for the viewer to process the impact of the finale
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andreas Heinemann
September 14, 2011
Ambitious and intelligent, expect to see a Hollywood remake.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 6, 2011
Every 10 minutes, writer-director Giuseppe Capotondi reshuffles his narrative deck of cards and deals the audience a completely new hand. Just when you think you're ahead of the game, you've been played for a sucker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
July 29, 2011
Don't let anyone spill the beans and tell you too much before you get a chance to sit through all the twists and turns in this mind-blowing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star
July 29, 2011
The final resolution is easily forgotten, more of an afterthought than anything else. The fun is in the twisting, absurd journey, not the destination.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
July 14, 2011
There are only so many times a thriller can reveal that everything you thought you knew was wrong before it becomes fundamentally untrustworthy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 18, 2011
The Double Hour obviously wants to be compared to efforts by the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Brian De Palma and Christopher Nolan, but it's ultimately like watching a child clamoring to sit at the table of the grownups.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 16, 2011
It keeps you off-balance, constantly assessing and reassessing.
| Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 10, 2011
A twisty thriller that keeps you engaged for the duration, but in the final analysis proves not nearly as smart or clever as it thinks it is.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
June 10, 2011
The Double Hour is ultimately a mystery box that lacks a treasure at its core.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 10, 2011
It's so entertainingly convoluted that the minute it ends, you want to watch it again to see if it plays fair.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 9, 2011
It's a Moebius strip of a tale about two equally suspicious people who appear to fall in love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 9, 2011
Capotondi's nerve-shredding puzzler will delight fans of Hitchcock and Polanski.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
June 9, 2011
Capotondi's debut is a twisty-turny psychological thriller suggesting he's someone to watch. Like the genre's best - the Coens, Polanski, Hitchcock - Capotondi builds dread with wicked winks at the audience, dropping subtle surprises along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
June 8, 2011
The movie boasts a deep, rich color palette, sensual movement and a psychological thriller angle that frightens and captivates. The only factor it's missing is a destination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 6, 2011
A promising suspense film from Italy that loses its way not in the multiple twists of its clever narrative but in a dispiriting fog of mind games and art-house pretensions...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 6, 2011
Suffers from being too clever for its own good and too manipulative.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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