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The Double Hour Reviews

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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
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.
Brian Tallerico
May 13, 2011
The result is a film that has marveled people with its labyrinthine plotting but that ultimately feels about as deep as a speed date. You never really get to know it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Erik Childress
May 13, 2011
The Double Hour would like to fool us into believing that it is really a story about people rather than crime, gimmicks and twists, but it really is just fooling itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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+
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
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
May 2, 2011
...a nice mystery with a Hitchcockian, Dallas-type, twist, but almost terminally slow.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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
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
Armond White
New York Press
April 13, 2011
Only when Capotondi trades in chaos and negativity does he show a giallo streak-unfortunately that's for most of the film.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 15, 2011
A psychological thriller that is very heavy on the mumbo-jumbo.
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
Molly Eichel
Philadelphia Daily News
April 29, 2011
Holding "The Double Hour" together are the performances of Rappoport and Timi. They ground the movie's central romance in realism.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Simon Miraudo
March 29, 2011
A brutal, beautiful fusion of The Vanishing, A History of Violence, Mulholland Drive and Les Diaboliques, The Double Hour is a haunting meditation on grief and guilt masquerading as an intense ... murder mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
May 27, 2011
The neatest thing about Giuseppe Capotondi's debut feature is how it reverses the mechanics of most crime movies.
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
April 17, 2011
Giuseppe Capotondi at least keeps a strong rein over the proceedings, preventing any direct slides into silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andreas Heinemann
September 14, 2011
Ambitious and intelligent, expect to see a Hollywood remake.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Michael C. Walsh
Boston Phoenix
April 28, 2011
The knockout climax comes about two-thirds of the way through the film, rendering the tail end a punch-drunk afterthought, but that doesn't detract from the clinic in critical suspense that Capotondi gives in the film's first hour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pete Hammond
Back Stage
June 2, 2011
If a Hitchcockian psychological thriller peppered with elements from several different films is what you are looking for, then look no further than the compelling Italian drama The Double Hour.
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