The Double Reviews

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January 1, 2018
British director Ayoade's second film is jam-packed with witty references, from cheesy sci-fi soap operas to the long-suffering men who populate the Coen brothers' films.
June 13, 2014
The film's bleakness is almost satirical. It's Brazil drained of the daydreams.
June 12, 2014
The Double invites second looks and close examination. As Simon finds when peering into mirrors, what we see is often unexpected.
May 23, 2014
The Double doesn't get very deep, but it does get interesting.
May 22, 2014
"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 15, 2014
"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
Most of the time, "The Double" feels less like watching a book than reading a movie.
May 12, 2014
The Double is clever, rather than completely engaging. It stands up and shouts, wanting to be noticed, which is hardly a crime.
May 9, 2014
Ayoade creates a uniquely stylized dystopia, lit in dusty tones of olive and ochre and scored, mysteriously but somehow perfectly, to vintage Japanese pop.
May 9, 2014
Ayoade's breathtakingly realized oddity will appeal to fans of David Lynch and the comic surrealism of Terry Gilliam's "Brazil."
Top Critic
May 9, 2014
This workplace-as-hellscape is not new territory, exactly - the story's based on Dostoevsky, plays like Kafka, and looks like an Orwellian nightmare. But who'd complain, since it lets Jesse Eisenberg offer what amounts to an acting master-class.
May 9, 2014
Within its first five minutes, "The Double" insists upon its bona fides with a will and makes you like it.
May 9, 2014
As a pure head-trip visual and auditory experience it feels like one of the biggest discoveries, and biggest surprises, of 2014.
May 9, 2014
While this film about copies may feel a little familiar, it's also original - in all the best ways.
May 8, 2014
A darkly ironic and skillfully surreal examination of an unrealized life.
May 8, 2014
The kind of movie that may have been more satisfying to make than it is to watch.
May 8, 2014
If The Double never fully succeeds, it's still exactly the sort of challenge and risk one wants out of a filmmaker as promising as Ayoade.
May 8, 2014
Ayoade's new film makes little attempt to ingratiate. Simon's ordeal is a spectacle, not a tragedy meant to sear the viewer's soul; it's less psychological than satirical.
May 8, 2014
Director Richard Ayoade gets a huge impact from minimal expressionist sets.
May 8, 2014
It's lifeless, for the most part, a drama suffocated by its schematic style.
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