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5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 39
  2. Negative: 13 out of 39

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  1. 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.
  2. 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 Like "Brazil", it blends futuristic and out-of-date technology.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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. Jun 2, 2014
    8
    With inspiration from Fyodor Dostoyevsky‘s novella of the same title, co-writer/director Richard Ayoade uses The Double to look at how one man’s frail psyche tries to break free in an oppressive corporate environment. The trick to it, though, is to understand that the doppelgängers are not two people who look alike, but instead two versions of the same person living something of a shared, yet parallel, existence.

    It's as much science fiction as it is drama or thriller, and it turned out to be one of those films that I needed to let marinate before it finally came together. It was very much worth letting it work its way through my mind.
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  9. Jun 8, 2014
    5
    What starts off as a breath of fresh air in today's overly commercial cinema with its allusions to Kafka, 1984 et al, and the eerie stylised sense of dread of being inconsequential before the System, halfway through turns into a predictable and tiresome cliche story with too many recurring gags. With its dark sense dispelled halfway through there is only time to quickly wrap up the film with a predictable ending that screams "first year screenplay student". Good try though. Expand
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: John Semley
    Jun 12, 2014
    75
    The film’s bleakness is almost satirical. It’s "Brazil" drained of the daydreams.
  2. Reviewed by: David Denby
    May 26, 2014
    50
    The movie, bad as it is, will do as a demonstration of a talented man’s freedom to choose different ways of being himself.
  3. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    May 23, 2014
    75
    Kafka-esque, Terry Gilliam-esque (Brazil), Charlie Kaufman-esque (remember Floor 71/2 in Being John Malkovich?), and David Lynch-ian, too, The Double plays like a nightmare that will leave you spooked, jittery, and confused. Well, that's how it plays for Simon, anyway. For everyone else, it should leave us simply amused.