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Los Angeles Times
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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 17, 2011
It is a ghastly, riveting, dazzling piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
August 11, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
August 9, 2011
Even more tasteless than its main character's gold 'n' marble palace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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William Goss
Film.com
August 9, 2011
The elements of tyranny, treachery and temptation are all there in one true-life package, but in the hands of director Lee Tamahori, The Devil's Double plays more like a melodrama than a docudrama.
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
August 8, 2011
The movie is too busy seeming audacious to add up to anything affecting, but its excesses are fascinating to watch.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 7, 2011
If the devil needs a place to roam on Earth, he'll find plenty of room in a land where war and violence never ceases.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
August 5, 2011
Although The Devil's Double lacks political insight into the times it portrays, it does fashion riveting entertainment from a truly horrifying real-life story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
August 5, 2011
The bodies pile up, but they don't amount to anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
August 4, 2011
[It] does pick a solid lead actor in Dominic Cooper, whose impressive performance does a lot to distract from the story problems and strange tone shifts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
August 4, 2011
Though Cooper plays look-a-like characters, it is always clear which of the two men is on screen at any moment, including those moments when Yahia is impersonating Uday. That says a lot about the inner wellspring of great acting.
| Original Score: 3/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 4, 2011
Tamahori tries to top off this already long Arab immorality tale with gratuitous swirls of romance and heroism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 4, 2011
Bring Wet-Naps to "The Devil's Double.'' It's coated and fried in the same batter KFC uses for Extra Crispy chicken. The movie might be greasier, actually.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 4, 2011
The story inspires much excess, and Tamahori rises to the occasion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 31, 2011
Lee Tamahori's film, freely adapted from Yahia's life story, captures the temptations of a life without rules and without limits, and the horrors of the trap a life lived at the whim of a psychopath truly is.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 29, 2011
Dominic Cooper gives a riveting dual performance in "The Devil's Double," but the movie is a relentless one-note drama that loses its momentum halfway through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 29, 2011
Really it's just a trashy bid to be the "Scarface" of Mesopotamia.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 28, 2011
The movie is provocative but rarely thought-provoking, and it stops short of any startling psychological or political insight.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 28, 2011
Those who admired Mr. Cooper's work as Peter Sarsgaard's dashing friend and business partner in "An Education" -- I called it "a supporting performance with star quality" -- could not have imagined his achievement here.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 28, 2011
This is a breakthrough star performance from a terrific actor, Dominic Cooper, getting a chance to let it rip. Just don't expect a docudrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
July 28, 2011
Dominic Cooper is electrifying yet stiff in The Devil's Double; he's simultaneously the film's biggest asset and its greatest flaw.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
July 27, 2011
It's hard to believe that "The Devil's Double" doesn't intend to be a put-on.
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
July 27, 2011
Lost somewhere in The Devil's Double is a good-to-great film, but it's sabotaged by a weak script and direction that fails to fully realize its challenging subject matter
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 27, 2011
It's a great double stretch for an actor and Mr. Cooper plays both the smoldering Latif and the bombastic Uday with combustible energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Fear
Time Out
July 27, 2011
This is a movie too enamored of its own tawdriness, turning every violent act and violation into gratuitously salacious grindhouse set pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
July 26, 2011
You leave Lee Tamahori's film thoroughly convinced that Uday Hussein was a monster. In all likelihood, you entered the movie with the same certainty. This raises the question: What was the point, exactly?
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David Germain
Associated Press
July 25, 2011
Cooper has done such a good job bringing Uday to life, it's a bit of a trial simply sitting in the audience and watching.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
January 25, 2011
Excellent lead performance tops a vivid but one-dimensional look at the double for Saddam's satanic son.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
January 24, 2011
A rocket-powered thriller rife with scenery chewing and fast-and-loose revisionism that could, by dint of sheer sensationalism, break the Iraq movie curse and rack up some serious B.O. around the world.