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The Double Reviews

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Robert Koehler
Variety
August 3, 2016
Like a magician performing one too many tricks, "The Double" overplays its deception while spinning a mildly diverting yarn.
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
November 4, 2011
Questionable motives and unbelievable decisions are relatively small potatoes compared with the Sputnik-size plotholes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 3, 2011
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
November 3, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
November 3, 2011
It's simply not very good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
November 3, 2011
Ineptly realized in everything but its chase scenes (which are, I'll admit, pretty good).
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 3, 2011
Here is a movie constructed from basic parts at the Used Screenplay Store, with a character plugged in whenever one is required.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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October 28, 2011
The story makes no sense and leads nowhere but into a creaky buddy movie that can't round itself off without a last-minute hero falling on his sword to save another.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 28, 2011
It soon devolves into a mess of slit throats and competing motives. Everyone, it seems, has a plot - except the screenwriters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 28, 2011
What can you say about a dull spy thriller that gives away its big "secret'' both in its trailer and the film's title?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 28, 2011
If these characters ever had a motivation for their extreme behavior, it disappeared in rewrites.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 27, 2011
A tedious, impenetrable cat-and-mouse game involving Russian double and triple agents.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
October 27, 2011
There's a sanded-off, textbook creativity to "The Double" that forsakes rich cloak-and-dagger textures for generic twists, hackneyed flashbacks and telegraphed moments of peril.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 27, 2011
The twist in The Double slack mystery-thriller is revealed with a shrug about a third of the way in. After that, it's all about Gere looking grim, and Grace looking stricken as he learns what we already know.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 27, 2011
Roughly 99 percent of the time, if a movie that seems like it should be a big deal appears almost out of the blue, it's because it's lousy. The Double doesn't exactly buck that trend.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
October 26, 2011
Staged with the trite, predictable rhythms of garden-variety espionage. Gere acts circles around it as long as he can.
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
October 26, 2011
Like a Training Day for spy thrillers, The Double provocatively pairs Gere and Grace as a gray-green odd couple, only to unravel as the double-crossed absurdities pile up and the duo start trading bad Russian accents in a private Mexican standoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 26, 2011
Rarely has Mr. Gere walked through any movie with so little energy and so much indifference.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
October 25, 2011
Whether it's the clumsy use of flashbacks, the air of manufactured portentousness, or the completely unbelievable casting of Grace in a role that requires a certain authority utterly lacking in the actor's performance, almost every move seems a misstep.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
October 21, 2011
A barely warm dish of Cold War leftovers that shows its hand too early, then works itself into an increasingly implausible tangle of knotty plot developments without ever mustering much intensity.