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The Double Hour Reviews

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 16, 2011
It keeps you off-balance, constantly assessing and reassessing.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 2, 2011
"The Double Hour" is a tremendously entertaining take on film noir, with all the usual elements of the genre in play - crime, death, possibly murder and doomed romance. I think.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
June 2, 2011
A remarkably fluid detective story.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 2, 2011
A twisty Italian thriller that takes some liberties with its now-you-see-'em/now-you-don't plot points, but no matter; the way director Giuseppe Capotondi keeps us guessing is deliciously, maliciously deft.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 27, 2011
A sly, triple twist of a film, this Italian intrigue is almost never what it seems, although everything ends up making perfect sense eventually. Along the way, though, it's slippery stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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.
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 27, 2011
If you liked "Dressed to Kill" or "Blow Out," you'll appreciate the ways in which "The Double Hour" artfully messes with your mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
May 20, 2011
The movie's enjoyment derives heavily from surprise, which the script uses both to advance the plot and just for fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
May 12, 2011
"The Double Hour" is an Italian crime thriller loaded with twists, and if it doesn't work 100 percent of the time, it's still worth a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 12, 2011
I've seen the fabulously acted Italian thriller "The Double Hour" twice now, and for all its intricate manipulations, it stays with me for a very simple reason: The love story at its bittersweet heart is played for keeps.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 11, 2011
The more you try to solve the narrative puzzle, the more you may want to watch it again - or at least argue about what's real.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 28, 2011
It's a wild tale that's so full of surprises, reversals and double-jointed plot twists that you wouldn't think there'd be room for anything else. But there is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 28, 2011
A beautiful, head-spinning mystery that requires keen attention - and rewards it with a tricky and poetic payoff - The Double Hour is a topflight Euro thriller right up there with Tell No One.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 28, 2011
"The Double Hour'' is a decent night at the movies, filmed with swank professionalism, moody lighting, and the proper attention to the curves of a lover's skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 18, 2011
Nothing is quite what it initially seems in this twisty Italian thriller, the auspicious debut feature by Giuseppe Capotondi.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 17, 2011
If the movie in total is somewhat less than the sum of its parts, they're still terrific parts, assembled by a first-time feature director who shows great promise.
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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-
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 15, 2011
Doesn't always deliver on its twists. But it works well enough that an American remake is in the works.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 14, 2011
If, like me, you would rather get lost in a noir than try to second-guess its creators, "The Double Hour" is the best movie of its kind since the French director Guillaume Canet's hit from 2006, "Tell No One."
| Original Score: 4/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
April 14, 2011
Plot fans will be delighted with The Double Hour, an Italian thriller that introduces a new wrinkle every 10 minutes, and takes its time to explain how they all fold together.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
April 12, 2011
The Double Hour sustains a minimum of attention thanks to the naturally beguiling presence of long-stemmed Rappoport -- but what might've a less cautious director done with the material?