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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 oppositeThe 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
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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: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. May 22, 2014
    9
    The Double left this viewer feeling as delightfully discomfited as David Lynch's cult classic Eraserhead. The somber cinematography,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. Feb 11, 2015
    8
    Jesse Eisenberg plays both parts skillfully and Ayoade constructs some nicely observed comic scenes, particularly some good physical comedyJesse Eisenberg plays both parts skillfully and Ayoade constructs some nicely observed comic scenes, particularly some good physical comedy with the luckless, hopeless, Simon...With its dystopian industrial setting, stripped back set design, off-kilter dialogue, understated performances, imposing soundtrack and surreal atmosphere this feels a bit like an early David Lynch film. But it doesn’t quite have the same intensity or conviction. It’s soft-core Lynch.

    I have the feeling this is going to be a love it or hate it film. The humour will not be to everyone’s taste; dark, surreal and subtle...the director, Richard Ayoade, has imposed a distinct rhythm and texture, the plot and style follow its own twisted logic and it's more interested in establishing feeling and atmosphere than giving clear answers; if you’re likely to be frustrated by mind-twisting plot points going largely unexplained, then this may not be for you. For me, it worked well enough and I have a feeling I may enjoy it even more on a second viewing.

    Full review at ponderflix on wordpress.
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  3. Oct 26, 2014
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I suspect that this is a film you will either 'get', or not. It is a claustrophobic, neurotic, broken universe on screen, and unless you are open to subtle, deadpan, jet-black dialogue, the whole experience may be too bleak to enjoy.
    Me, i love a well scripted take on the bleakness of existence, so i actually realy enjoyed this (i think i am in love with Mia W after this film) and personally i think its a far better film than the 5.9 its currently scoring. For my mind, it was the clever take on identity and authenticity that 'Her' wanted to be, but fell so far short of.
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  4. chw
    Apr 23, 2015
    7
    The Double was a very interesting indie flick (just like Under the Skin). It's sort of hard to follow, and a bit confusing, but it wasn't likeThe Double was a very interesting indie flick (just like Under the Skin). It's sort of hard to follow, and a bit confusing, but it wasn't like a Christopher Nolan confusing movie. Just a normal confusing movie. Expand
  5. Sep 22, 2014
    6
    THE IT CROWD comedian Richard Ayoade’s second feature film THE DOUBLE is a noir-stylish incubus, and it cannot dodge the comparison with DenisTHE IT CROWD comedian Richard Ayoade’s second feature film THE DOUBLE is a noir-stylish incubus, and it cannot dodge the comparison with Denis Villeneuve’s ENEMY (2013, 8/10), since both tackle a storyline with a doppelgänger and may or may not be a case of split personality.

    In an unspecified background, Simon (Eisenberg) is an easily frightened and paltry clerk works in an unnamed enterprise headed by The Colonel (Fox), we have no clue of what the real deal of it except that their business are people, characterless people as commodities, still it is rather implicit. Simon is unfairly treated and looked down upon by everyone (the people in the company consider him as a nameless pawn), even the girl whom he has a crush on and who is his voyeuristic object, his co-worker Hannah (Wasikowska) takes his admiration for granted, everyone, the pathetic Simon goes to her department and asks for make one copy of some documents, it is the only way he can speak with her.

    continue reading my review on my blog: google cinema omnivore, thanks
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  6. Nov 23, 2014
    5
    I found The Double incredibly boring. I had watched this after Enemy, and since it was pretty good, but the critics had thought this wasI found The Double incredibly boring. I had watched this after Enemy, and since it was pretty good, but the critics had thought this was better, I had high expectations. Boy, should I never trust the critics again... 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 thethe 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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