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Thriller . Mystery

A mild-mannered college professor discovers a look-alike actor and delves into the other man's private affairs.

Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal , Mélanie Laurent , Sarah Gadon , Isabella Rossellini , Joshua Peace , Tim Post , Kedar Brown , Megan Mane , Misha Highstead , Alexis Uiga
Directors: Denis Villeneuve
Release: 2014-02-06
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  • Rodrigo Perez

    Enemy is a transfixing grand slam that certifies Villeneuve as the real deal and one of the most exciting new voices in cinema today.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Michael Nordine

    Denis Villeneuve's shared dream of a film takes the simple premise of a man glimpsing his doppelganger while watching a movie and mines every bit of tension and oddity from it — there's hardly a scene that doesn't exude menace.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • David Ehrlich

    Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy might have the scariest ending of any film ever made. Full Review
  • Kevin Harley

    Gyllenhaal is engaged and engaging in Denis Villeneuve’s adventure in psychological surrealism: let’s hope they stay friends.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Ian Freer

    The doppelgänger trope may sound well worn but Enemy finds fresh, deeply unnerving ground. And Jake Gyllenhaal gives two spellbinding performances.

    Empire Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Not just dark but dank, Denis Villeneuve's Enemy is a surpassingly creepy film about identity.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    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]

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    Enemy is what might happen if someone let Terrence Malick make a "Twilight Zone" episode, with a quick rewrite by David Cronenberg.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    This is a weird, psychological sexual thriller clearly designed to get a rise out of audiences. It’s also pretty damn engrossing.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    It's not a frenzied head-trip, the way Roman Polanski's "The Tenant" was, nor does the movie have half the energy and nightmarish allure of David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive." It's best taken, I think, as a jape and a wry male-centric fable on transgression and desire.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Geoff Pevere

    Shot before the Canadian director made the major-studio, suburban-vigilante drama "Prisoners," Enemy operates on a level of carefully calibrated unease, where the very elusiveness of motivation and logic is exploited for purposes of sustained cinematic disorientation.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    Enemy may be built more on questions than answers, but in the probing it generates a satisfyingly arch hum of weirdness.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Much of the fun in Enemy, which is tightly constructed and expertly shot, lies in Mr. Gyllenhaal’s playful and subtle performances.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    For a tone poem on loneliness, fluid identity, and photogenic apartments, Enemy is the best entry in the genre since Roman Polanski’s The Tenant. And the last five minutes are just as unpredictable.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Ultimately, the enigmatic surface conflict — in which a man must contend with his own carbon copy as rival — proves to be the film’s own worst enemy, for its dark, David Lynchian allure proves almost too compelling, obscuring the material’s deeper themes.

    Variety Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    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.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Gyllenhaal is excellent in the dual roles, though Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) is given too little to do to make much of an impression. Isabella Rossellini has a brief, thankless role as the mother of at least one of the two look-alikes.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Godfrey Cheshire

    Enemy, Villeneuve's latest, differs from the earlier works not only in being set in Canada, but also in offering a story that's ostensibly less concerned with painful real-life struggles than with dream-like subjective perplexities. Full Review
  • Jesse Cataldo

    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.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    Does it add up to much? Not really. Not finally. But it’s a suggestive puzzle-box of a picture, worth turning over in your palm.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Patrick Gamble

    Choosing to focus more time on the uncoordinated instinctual trends of the subconscious rather than the moralising role of the cognisant, Enemy lacks the humanity to relate to on an emotional level, ultimately tempering the brooding anxiety and distilling our intrigue into mild curiosity towards the oblique narrative rather than fostering the original menace into something more substantial.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    It never comes to much more than an atmospheric head-scratcher.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    All the way back to "Donnie Darko," Jake Gyllenhaal has had an inchoate sense of evolution about him, a tricky quality that better actors can’t pull off half as well. So it’s hard to say if splitting the star into two doppelgängers — Adam, a mousy college professor, and Anthony, a rising actor with a healthy ego — is the best dramatic plan.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Deborah Young

    More than a thriller, this adaptation of Jose Saramago’s novel The Double is an absurdist-existential mood piece – and a very dark mood it is.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    There’s no doubt that Villeneuve can make a movie; he’s developed a strong cinematic voice. It’s tantalizing to imagine what he could do with a really fine story.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Jake Gyllenhaal does tour de force double duty in the intimate thriller Enemy, a cryptic essay on identity. He is terrific in both guises, but he is trapped in a frustrating puzzle without a solution.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    Enemy dives into material Villeneuve has described as “personal.” But it’s hard to see much more than platitudes in the metaphoric muddle of its plot.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Enemy is an arid parable, in which actors are neutered, zombified; they signify themes rather than occupying personalities.

    Time Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The movie, however, is the sort of picture in which people run around doing everything except the most logical thing to do, because that’s the only way to keep the nonsensical plot spinning.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    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.

    New York Post Full Review
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