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.
November 15, 2018
A brave experiment that unfortunately fails within the first few minutes due to a combination of miscasting and all out crassness.
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.
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.
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 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 12, 2011
The Devil's Double simply offers a trip through hell on a one-way track, like a spook-house ride at the amusement park meant to titillate and excite the senses and then deposit the rider/viewer safely on the other side in the full light of day.
August 11, 2011
Dominic Cooper is hammily amusing in one part and merely wooden in the other.
August 10, 2011
One of the ugliest films for a long time, visually and otherwise.
August 10, 2011
Cooper plays the vicious rotter in the manner of an enraged Freddie Mercury auditioning for Alvin and the Chipmunks.
August 10, 2011
I believe Tamahori is attempting to construct his own Scarface legacy, though I shudder at the thought of Uday being transformed into an urban hero.
August 9, 2011
Even more tasteless than its main character's gold 'n' marble palace.
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.
August 8, 2011
A tedious exercise in obsessively black and white storytelling.
August 7, 2011
Lee Tamahori opts to swim in the shallow waters of gaudy exploitation rather than explore some of the deeper issues of the politics of power.
August 5, 2011
It bogs down quickly, but with enough eye-popping details, and a career-making turn by Cooper, to make it seem like it's going somewhere
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