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The Double Reviews

August 3, 2016
Like a magician performing one too many tricks, "The Double" overplays its deception while spinning a mildly diverting yarn.
November 4, 2011
Questionable motives and unbelievable decisions are relatively small potatoes compared with the Sputnik-size plotholes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
November 3, 2011
It's simply not very good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 3, 2011
Ineptly realized in everything but its chase scenes (which are, I'll admit, pretty good).
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
Top Critic
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.
October 28, 2011
It soon devolves into a mess of slit throats and competing motives. Everyone, it seems, has a plot - except the screenwriters.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
October 28, 2011
If these characters ever had a motivation for their extreme behavior, it disappeared in rewrites.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 27, 2011
A tedious, impenetrable cat-and-mouse game involving Russian double and triple agents.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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+
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-
October 26, 2011
Staged with the trite, predictable rhythms of garden-variety espionage. Gere acts circles around it as long as he can.
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
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
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.
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.