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.
| Original Score: 9/10
Dominic Cooper is bloody brilliant.
| Original Score: 3/4
Some of the cruelty in the film is hard to stomach, but frighteningly believable.
| Original Score: B+
Probably only a three-and-a-half star movie, but it's pushed into four-star territory thanks to the performances of Dominic Cooper.
| Original Score: 4/5
"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."
Cooper's dual performance is near-brilliant.
| Original Score: 3/5
It is a ghastly, riveting, dazzling piece of work.
While the film is fairly entertaining, it has nothing new to say about Iraq and little that is original about doppelgangers.
A genuine curiosity.
Cooper gives a great performance, or rather two great performances, although it's really only Uday's depravity that keeps you glued to the screen.
A better film would undoubtedly have been a quieter, more reflective one, less tempted by Grand Guignol. But it is very watchable...
Dominic Cooper gives two blindingly good performances.
A solid gangster movie, but its style outweighs its substance.
It's worth seeing for Cooper's performances, but only just.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Lurching from breathless melodrama to Bond-like adventure it is never convincing but it is also never dull.
The devilish nature of Latif's predicament continually intrigues.
See it for Dominic Cooper's performance, avoid it for the messy structure and refusal to properly get under the skin of either its mad, bad and dangerous villain or straight-laced hero.
This isn't exactly a complex study of Iraqi history, but director Lee Tamahori punches it across, and the Stalinesque use of doubles in Iraq is interesting.
The hero of "The Devil's Double" may get upstaged by the villain, but that's not exactly bad news for star Dominic Cooper, since he plays both parts.