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  • Summary: University lecturer Adam (Jake Gyllenhaal) is nearing the end of a relationship with his girlfriend Mary (Mélanie Laurent). One night, while watching a film, Adam spots a minor actor who looks just like him. Consumed by the desire to meet his double, Adam tracks down Anthony, an actor livingUniversity lecturer Adam (Jake Gyllenhaal) is nearing the end of a relationship with his girlfriend Mary (Mélanie Laurent). One night, while watching a film, Adam spots a minor actor who looks just like him. Consumed by the desire to meet his double, Adam tracks down Anthony, an actor living with his pregnant wife Helen (Sarah Gadon) and engages him in a complex and dangerous struggle. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 30
  2. Negative: 3 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Sep 15, 2013
    100
    Enemy is a transfixing grand slam that certifies Villeneuve as the real deal and one of the most exciting new voices in cinema today.
  2. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Mar 14, 2014
    80
    Enemy may crawl and infuriate, and, boy, does Villeneuve get rid of the grin. But the film sticks with you, like a dreadful dream or a spider in the bedclothes. Shake it off, and it's still there. [17 March 2014, p.78]
  3. Reviewed by: Kevin Harley
    Jan 9, 2015
    80
    Gyllenhaal is engaged and engaging in Denis Villeneuve’s adventure in psychological surrealism: let’s hope they stay friends.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Mar 21, 2014
    67
    Movies about doubles are, almost by definition, creepy, but Villeneuve, not to be outdone, piles on the weirdness. He’s big on spider imagery, but the web is flimsy.
  5. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Mar 10, 2014
    63
    Jake Gyllenhaal embodies the two roles with real presence, establishing Adam's sniveling wimp and Anthony's striding jerk as two believably discrete sides of the same coin.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Mar 13, 2014
    60
    It never comes to much more than an atmospheric head-scratcher.
  7. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Mar 13, 2014
    25
    It doesn’t add up to much of anything exciting, even with an appearance by Isabella Rossellini (of Lynch’s “Blue Velvet’’) as the mother of one of the doubles.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 43
  2. Negative: 12 out of 43
  1. Mar 16, 2014
    10
    I wasn´t expecting to like this movie that much, amazing plot and great actingI wasn´t expecting to like this movie that much, amazing plot and great acting . Expand
  2. Aug 15, 2014
    9
    Silent but Deadly this film is unique, great performance by Jake Gyllenhaal the plot is scattered around like a puzzle in desperate need forSilent but Deadly this film is unique, great performance by Jake Gyllenhaal the plot is scattered around like a puzzle in desperate need for an intelligent audience to solve it. Expand
  3. May 1, 2014
    8
    Even if I didn'y liked previously movies from Denis Villeneuve (which was Prisoners), Enemy is so much different that I'm really confused byEven if I didn'y liked previously movies from Denis Villeneuve (which was Prisoners), Enemy is so much different that I'm really confused by final meaning of this movie. Great acting from Jake Gyllenhaal and great using of symbols makes very good movie. Expand
  4. Sep 23, 2014
    7
    his is not your traditional beginning, middle, and end story. The film has a non-linear element of story-telling, making it unique andhis is not your traditional beginning, middle, and end story. The film has a non-linear element of story-telling, making it unique and unpredictable. People will be split on their feelings of "Enemy," those who are willing to sit through a very slow paced and simple story may or may not be rewarded with an abstract puzzle that awaits to be deciphered. I did appreciate the slow paced build-up, yet was a bit disappointed at the amount of plot closure the film gave us. French-Canadian director, Denis Villeneuve's use of intense sounds and music with summer blockbuster-like camera shots contrasted greatly with the slow character driven and psychologically oriented story. It seemed as if the director was unsure of what kind of a movie he was making. The screenplay was very simple, yet very complicated, and that is greatly credited to Jake Gyllenhaal's performance, or should I say performances? The Toronto skyline setting added a suspenseful and ghost-town atmosphere to the movie, which is peculiar as Toronto is a loud and busy metropolis in reality. But perhaps the film is trying to convey that nothing is as it seems. Although Villeneuve chooses to not leave behind answers to creepy crawling questions, he gives you just enough tools to answer them yourself. Expand
  5. Oct 20, 2014
    5
    Intriugued til the ending..... Helen leaves the room and turns into a giant spider? Is she supposed to be a black widow? I love Jake G. butIntriugued til the ending..... Helen leaves the room and turns into a giant spider? Is she supposed to be a black widow? I love Jake G. but this pic left me disappointed. Expand
  6. Feb 19, 2015
    3
    Its a good film if it made sense.

    The film is quite short and as you sit there watching with the ending drawing closer and closer you start
    Its a good film if it made sense.

    The film is quite short and as you sit there watching with the ending drawing closer and closer you start to wonder when this film is finally going to piece itself together and make sense, but nope the ending is just freaky and then your sat there wondering why you even bothered watching it.

    After the film me and my girlfriend had to watch a 30minute youtube clip explaining what actually happened.

    Watch it if you like getting confused
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  7. Jun 19, 2014
    0
    The movie is 3/4 over before you get past what the trailer reveals. The ending is predictable and more the sort of thing you'd see in a farce,The movie is 3/4 over before you get past what the trailer reveals. The ending is predictable and more the sort of thing you'd see in a farce, one of those Comedy of Errors inspired comedies about twins, with violence tossed in. The very last few seconds, however, where surreality enters the picture, make no sense on any level whatsoever except that it was a reverse Kafka visual pun. Just stupid. A horrendously dull and plodding and unimaginative movie. Expand

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