The Devil's Double Reviews

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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 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 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 12, 2011
A better film would undoubtedly have been a quieter, more reflective one, less tempted by Grand Guignol. But it is very watchable...
August 11, 2011
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.
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.
August 10, 2011
One of the ugliest films for a long time, visually and otherwise.
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
The movie is too busy seeming audacious to add up to anything affecting, but its excesses are fascinating to watch.
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.
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.
August 5, 2011
The bodies pile up, but they don't amount to anything.
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.
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.
August 4, 2011
Tamahori tries to top off this already long Arab immorality tale with gratuitous swirls of romance and heroism.
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.
August 4, 2011
The story inspires much excess, and Tamahori rises to the occasion.
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.
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.
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