The Double 2011

The Double

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Riddled with hollow characters and ludicrous plotting, The Double just isn't worth the trouble.

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When the assassination of a U.S. senator bears the signature style of a Russian spy known as Cassius, CIA director Tom Highland (Martin Sheen) calls top operative Paul Shepherdson (Richard Gere) out of retirement to investigate. Paul's partner on the case is Ben Geary (Topher Grace), a young agent who also has studied Cassius and is certain the Russian is behind the slaying, even though Paul insists that Cassius is long dead. But, Paul may not be who he claims to be.

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Richard Gere
Paul Shepherdson
Martin Sheen
Tom Highland
Mike Kraft
FBI Director Roger Bell
Michael Brandt
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Derek Haas
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Mohamed Al Mazrouei
Executive Producer
Ed Borgerding
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Jeffrey Kimball
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Critic Reviews for The Double

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (41)

  • Like a magician performing one too many tricks, "The Double" overplays its deception while spinning a mildly diverting yarn.

    August 3, 2016

    Robert Koehler

    Variety
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  • Questionable motives and unbelievable decisions are relatively small potatoes compared with the Sputnik-size plotholes.

    November 4, 2011 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Like a stripper who gets naked too quickly, the lukewarm spy thriller "The Double" lays out its big plot twist early in the movie - and soon finds, shivering, that it has nowhere else to go.

    November 3, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • When the story starts to fall apart you're left wondering if the film was worth all the money and effort that went into making it.

    November 3, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It's simply not very good.

    November 3, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Ineptly realized in everything but its chase scenes (which are, I'll admit, pretty good).

    November 3, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Double

  • Oct 13, 2013
    Don't watch the trailer for this film, before watching the film itself. This is one of those rare cases, where the trailer spoils the movie, revealing major plot twists in it. The film reminded me of movies like Salt, No Way Out, Insomnia, and Jackal. Richard Gere was ok here. He reminded me a little bit of his character in The Jackal and a little bit of his character in Internal Affairs. Topher Grace was miscast here. He is not a good fit to match up with Gere. Tobey Maguire or Jesse Eisenberg would have been better in Grace's role. Stephen Moyer and Stana Katic are great in their supporting roles in the film.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 11, 2012
    Adequate nothing more.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Aug 05, 2012
    Even though the concept is interesting, the twist is great (if you didn't see the trailer) and Richard Gere and Topher Grace give exceptional performances, The Double's script isn't strong enough, the emotion never felt supremely real, and Gere and Grace lacked the secret-agent chemistry. But there isn't many thing to hate here, its well-acted, its interesting, it has a twist (don't see the trailer), so if your bored or feel like you want to watch a secret agent movie, you could check this out.
    Angel G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2012
    Martin Miller: This guy has used every kind of weapon you can think of. From an M-4 at 12 hundred meters, to a rusty nail.  "Keep Your Enemies Close" The Double is a film of good intentions, but in the end I was left wondering... Does writer/director Michael Brandt actually think this is smart or does he know how truly amateurish and by the numbers this whole film is? I'll admit that The Double is watchable. I had no problem sitting through the film, despite just how bad it is. It's got every standard scene and every standard plot device. It unfolds like a puzzle you've done a thousand times. You can piece it together with your eyes closed. When the twist comes at the end, it's just laughable. When a state senator is killed in the fashion of a famous Russian assassin who was thought to be dead; retired CIA agent Paul Shepherdson is brought in. He was on this assassins trail for years, but could never bring him in. Paul is adamant that the killing can't be Cassius because he believes Cassius to be dead. An up and coming, young FBI agent thinks differently. He wrote his thesis on Cassius and believes that this is his work. The two are teamed up to figure everything out.  There's not really too much to say about The Double. It's a movie that wants to appear like an original and well thought out thriller, but all it is is a rehash of other movies. There's little excitement to be had here because of the predictability and lack of real substance. There are a million plot holes, loose ends aren't tied up, and the whole affair seems kind of lazy. The nicest thing I can say about it, is that it was watchable. But even garbage can sometimes be watchable.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer

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