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  • Summary: The life of Simon (Jesse Eisenberg), a timid, isolated man who’s overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams (Mia Wasikowska) is turned upside down with the arrival of a new co-worker, James. 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. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Henry Barnes
    Sep 15, 2013
    100
    The Double isn't an original idea. It wasn't even in Dostoyevsky's time. But it's a great story. And Ayoade has produced a brilliant copy.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    May 10, 2014
    90
    As a pure head-trip visual and auditory experience it feels like one of the biggest discoveries, and biggest surprises, of 2014.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    May 6, 2014
    80
    The Double, with its inviting alienation, nails a curious mood that's been too long absent from contemporary film: the anxious admission that the world might be weighted against the plucky individual, and that prickling you feel just before such thoughts make a sweat break out.
  4. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    May 7, 2014
    70
    Beneath all The Double’s cynicism, misanthropy, intense stylization, and distance lies a core of genuine tragedy, and that’s what gives the film an emotional resonance beyond its aesthetic achievements.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    May 17, 2014
    63
    With an aptness that may even be intentional, The Double feels both over-familiar and oddly new. It’s safe to call it a Kafka-esque tale, even though the Fyodor Dostoyevsky novel from which the movie is adapted was written in 1846.
  6. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    May 8, 2014
    60
    It never quite rises to the full potential of its theme or fully inhabits its intricately imagined space. It’s cool but not haunting — a brainteaser rather than a mindblower.
  7. Reviewed by: Diane Garrett
    May 11, 2014
    20
    Without a character to really care about, the movie just comes off as fraught and over-stylized.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. May 22, 2014
    9
    The Double left this viewer feeling as delightfully discomfited as David Lynch's cult classic Eraserhead. The somber cinematography, disquieting soundtrack, and overall desperate tone of the film seriously invites the viewer to plunge headfirst into insanity with it's main character. Taking the role of Simon James and James Simon was an audacious choice for Eisenberg, but he deftly brings both sides of his charming personality to his roles in this film. This is without question a "thinking man's movie" in that during the entire film you're thinking, "What the hell is going on?". The genius of Ayoade's adaptation is that the viewer, if captured by the psychological and social implications of the film, actually cares enough to participate in the overwhelming absurdity in order to discover the fate of James and Simon. Not only a "must see" but a "must see again-and-again." Expand
  2. Jul 26, 2014
    9
    Get sucked into a nightmarish but very funny tale of absurdity, bureaucratic insanity and madness based on Dostoyevsky's novel (skyrocketing to the top of my reading list), peppered with a dash of Kafka and a pinch of Ayoade's very own sensibilities. It's even better than 'Submarine', very high praise in my book! Jesse Eisenberg, on double duty, is simultaneously hilarious and believable, and the feel and rhythms of the stylish, bold and sublimely weird movie he's carrying wholly unique. Expand
  3. May 23, 2014
    8
    Reminiscent of both "Brazil", Kafka, and Orwell, this movie is worth seeing for its art direction alone. Like "Brazil", it blends futuristic and out-of-date technology. The tone is consistently dark and brooding, and Eisenberg does an excellent job of keeping the two characters distinct. Expand
  4. Jun 27, 2014
    7
    Creo que es una buena pelicula cpn un tema que alo mejor mucha gente se puede sentir identificada. es lenta pero agradable y muy buena musica tambien muy oscura. Expand
  5. May 23, 2014
    7
    Definitely an interesting film. It's very stylistic, almost like an early comic book-adapted film. Eisenberg is an overcast actor but he's not too annoying in this and Wasikowska is good. The directing is very good, can't wait to see what Ayoade directs next. Expand
  6. May 9, 2014
    5
    The Double is consistently fascinating enough not to be considered a bad film, but is also too frustratingly opaque to be a really good one. Set in a dark futuristic society the film reminded me of both Gilliam's 'Brazil' and Polanski's 'The Tenant'. It is a small ambitious film, Orwellian in tone, in which the production achievements belie its low budget. The cinematography is amazing in depicting atmosphere which in turn compliments the claustrophobically dark sets. The music also perfectly judges the film's mood. Jesse Eisenberg, possibly envying Armie Hammer's dual role in 'The Social Network', now finds himself with a doppelganger all his own, albeit not a twin. He gives a committed performance which is actually quite mesmerising to behold. He is well supported by Mia Wasikowski (who is a lot better than usual) and an assortment of character actors in very small parts only some of whom are recognisable. I particularly liked Paddy Considine, and it's also good to see Cathy Moriarty again. Director Richard Ayoade adds the occasional eye catching visual flourish and some of the writing is very good, but as a whole the script is as uneven as the film is obscure. Ultimately it fails to be as good as it could have been because one is left somewhat perplexed by it all. Expand
  7. May 18, 2014
    0
    the actor is really boring and you can't care about the movie because it's boring and he sucks. when a movie's main character is terrible the movie is unwatchable. Expand

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