The Devil's Double Reviews

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January 17, 2020
[A] mercilessly long-winded film with little on its mind beyond cataloging Uday's depravity.
January 9, 2019
A truly satisfying resolution is slightly out of reach when there's less room to play fast and loose with accuracy, yet there's no denying that this was one historical footnote well worth exploiting.
November 15, 2018
A brave experiment that unfortunately fails within the first few minutes due to a combination of miscasting and all out crassness.
November 6, 2018
This rambunctious romp is not for the faint-hearted but it is packed with over-the-top lines to quote for weeks after.
January 4, 2018
This is an over-the-top gangster flick that starts with the volume turned up to 11 and stays that way. It's never boring, but revels in the bad behaviour it pretends to condemn, and is too much on one note to be much good.
June 22, 2013
Cooper is great, in a great part. But for an actor, not for his audience.
February 28, 2013
The Devil's Double is a fantastic film that features a central performance so compelling, you'd be foolish to look away even for a second.
January 14, 2013
Dominic Cooper is bloody brilliant.
January 26, 2012
Never develops into anything beyond a concept.
November 23, 2011
...a sporadically intriguing yet disastrously undercooked thriller.
November 17, 2011
Despite numerous pluses - Lee Tamahori's vigorous direction, handsome cinematography, outstanding production design, an impressive dual performance by Dominic Cooper as Uday and Latif - the film is more wearying than entertaining.
October 21, 2011
Some of the cruelty in the film is hard to stomach, but frighteningly believable.
September 7, 2011
I'm not sure what it all adds up to, but The Devil's Double puts its hooks in you and keeps them there.
September 7, 2011
Probably only a three-and-a-half star movie, but it's pushed into four-star territory thanks to the performances of Dominic Cooper.
September 1, 2011
Equally as offensive as the movie's smorgasbord of smut and violence is the lingering whiff of colonial-era orientalism, a Western predilection for regarding Eastern cultures as innately idle, lascivious, irrational, and thus ripe for intervention.
August 25, 2011
"The film is lurid and exploitative (and how!), which enthralls for a while while Cooper's dual performance as the crazed Uday and smoldering Latif is certainly laudable."
August 18, 2011
Cooper's dual performance is near-brilliant.
August 18, 2011
If you've been waiting to see the excesses and bone-deep corruption of Baghdad under Saddam Hussein done up gold-plated, Jersey Shore-tacky style, wait no more.
August 17, 2011
at times Tamahori's visuals feel a bit too polished and refined, which gives the film a glossy veneer that is at odds with the atrocities on-screen
August 15, 2011
While the film is fairly entertaining, it has nothing new to say about Iraq and little that is original about doppelgangers.
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