The Double

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Hauntingly bleak and thrillingly ambitious, The Double offers Jesse Eisenberg a pair of compelling roles while reaffirming writer-director Richard Ayoade's remarkable talent.



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Eisenberg plays Simon, a timid, isolated man who's overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams (Wasikowska). The arrival of a new co-worker, James (also played by Eisenberg), serves to upset the balance. James is both Simon's exact physical double and his opposite - confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simon's horror, James slowly starts taking over his life. (c) Magnolia

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Jesse Eisenberg
as Simon James/James Simon
Wallace Shawn
as Mr. Papadopoulos
Yasmin Paige
as Melanie Papadopoulos
James Fox
as The Colonel
Craig Roberts
as Detective
Paddy Considine
as Jack as PT
Sally Hawkins
as Receptionist
Phyllis Somerville
as Simon's Mother
Tony Rohr
as Rudolph
Jon Korkes
as Detective
Tim Key
as Staff Member
Lloyd Woolf
as Investigator
Lydia Ayoade
as Test Invigilator
J. Mascis
as Janitor
Kierston Wareing
as Funeral Date
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Critic Reviews for The Double

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The film's bleakness is almost satirical. It's Brazil drained of the daydreams.

Jun 13, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The Double invites second looks and close examination. As Simon finds when peering into mirrors, what we see is often unexpected.

Jun 12, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The Double doesn't get very deep, but it does get interesting.

May 23, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"The Double" has a theatrical, self-conscious quality to it; the performances feel stagy and its production design looks like a grimly monotone Wes Anderson movie.

May 22, 2014 | Rating: 2/4

"The Double" is a striking piece of work, but it's nostalgic for a kind of paranoia that may no longer exist. There are different things to frighten us now.

May 15, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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Most of the time, "The Double" feels less like watching a book than reading a movie.

May 15, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Double

This atmospheric and visually stylized psychological thriller based on Dostoevsky brings to mind Kafka, Hitchcock, Brian De Palma, Orson Welles and even David Lynch in the way it makes us share the unsettling existence of a shy man who is forced to confront his loneliness.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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No better pairing could exist than having an adaptation of Dostoyevsky directed by Richard Ayoade. One is absurdist and nearly dystopian, the other whimsical in a deliberate way. With grim settings, on edge characters, and a premise that belies logic for a sense of anonymity, "The Double" is a weird, wondrous ride through the mind of an invisible cog in a strange machine. Featuring Eisenberg in dual roles, he is both uncouth and barely audible, shamelessly self-promoting and irresponsibly obtuse. Other great performances come from Wallace Shawn as a near sighted boss, Mia Wasikowska as the love interest, and Cathy Moriarty in a great cameo as a waitress. Though much of this is engrossing, I would say the level of thoughtfulness sometimes overshadows the action, as it feels like a calculated thought experiment, more than a plot driven farce. What makes this film an interesting watch is the palpable tension between what's real and what's not, what's fair and what's not. It's outrageous in its simplicity, and depressing in its realism. Highly recommended for those with a quirky sense of humor, a love of the absurd, and a need for something intellectually stimulating.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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Pretty yawn-inducing till it's halfway through, then gets a bit interesting for a while before it finally loses the steam again.

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A creepy dark, unique thriller that teases the senses but ultimately falls flat. It's like marmite you'll either love it or hate it!

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