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The Double

Thriller . Drama . Comedy

An awkward office drone becomes increasingly unhinged after a charismatic and confident look-alike takes a job at his workplace and seduces the woman he desires.

Actors: Chris O'Dowd , Phyllis Somerville , James Fox , Cathy Moriarty , Yasmin Paige , Rade Serbedzija , Noah Taylor , Wallace Shawn , Jesse Eisenberg , Mia Wasikowska
Directors: Richard Ayoade
Country: UK
Release: 2014-04-04
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  • Henry Barnes

    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.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    The story arrives at a satisfying emotional conclusion with wonderfully thoughtful ramifications.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    Totally bonkers, hilarious and wickedly clever, The Double is special and singular filmmaking at its best.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    As a pure head-trip visual and auditory experience it feels like one of the biggest discoveries, and biggest surprises, of 2014. Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    It is the interplay between Wasikowska and Eisenberg that gives "The Double" both its tension and its charm... Their struggle captivates, the resolution shocks, and you can't help but wonder what windmills Ayoade will tilt next.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Bob Mondello

    This workplace-as-hellscape is not new territory, exactly — the story's based on Dostoevsky, plays like Kafka, and looks like an Orwellian nightmare. But who'd complain, since it lets Jesse Eisenberg offer what amounts to an acting master-class.

    NPR Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    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.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • David Hughes

    Given the obvious influences on The Double, it could have felt like a facsimile of other films. Instead, it has enough individuality, imagination and idiosyncratic invention to identify it as a true original.

    Empire Full Review
  • Calum Marsh

    The Double taps into a deep reservoir of psychic turmoil even as it navigates the script’s abundant jokes, and the nightmare of the heart of the film is doubtless universal. Full Review
  • John Semley

    The film’s bleakness is almost satirical. It’s "Brazil" drained of the daydreams.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    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.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    It's not clear that Ayoade has anything new to say about these time-worn themes, but he has fun creating the world of the film.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Based on a lesser-known Dostoyevsky work, Brit director Richard Ayoade’s breathtakingly realized oddity will appeal to fans of David Lynch and the comic surrealism of Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil.”

    New York Post Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    While the cinematography and production design give The Double a formidable if not particularly original look, what really sells the movie is its acting. Eisenberg is unshowily brilliant in his dual role. Full Review
  • John DeFore

    The heavily stylized film further demonstrates the actor's ability to create self-contained worlds behind the camera.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    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.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Ben Kenigsberg

    Judicious editing helps to maintain the illusion of two actors, though the quick-speaking Wasikowska, as the twins’ flighty, mercurial object of desire, in some ways has the subtlest task—and often steals scenes from her co-star(s).

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Adam Markovitz

    Director Richard Ayoade (Submarine) gets a huge impact from minimal expressionist sets, but the thin story — loosely based on Dostoyevsky’s 1846 novella — plays like a pale reflection of a more exciting tale.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    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.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    The Double retains all of Dostoevsky’s central themes. Madness, alienation and the loss of identity swirl around the film’s edges like film-noir fog. At the same time, the filmmakers inject a much-needed dose of dark humor into the tale.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Eisenberg, perfectly, pliably put upon, is the engine that drives this picture.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Mr. Ayoade's new film, adapted from Dostoyevsky's novella "The Double," is at least as startling as "Submarine" in its visual design, eerie environments and unusual premise. But it's lifeless, for the most part, a drama suffocated by its schematic style.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    The Double belongs to a very specific club. If you’re on its wavelength, it’s a dive into quirky, murky fun. But even if you are, this oddball offering is vague and slippery, a calmer brother to “Brazil” or Orson Welles’ Kafka tale “The Trial.”

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Dave Calhoun

    Ayoade tips his hat to so many other filmmakers and writers that he leaves little room to consider anything other than what a good job he’s doing of distilling all his references into an effective Pinterest board of paranoia and alienation.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Undeniably impressive as a visual-psychological construct, The Double is ultimately a rigid, one-joke movie that feels hard pressed to sustain any sort of momentum over the course of its 92-minute running time.

    Variety Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    It's a bureaucratic noir nightmare that may put you more readily in mind of Kafka, albeit with a tone of tongue-in-cheek bleakness that's bracing and funny – at least at first.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • David Denby

    The movie, bad as it is, will do as a demonstration of a talented man’s freedom to choose different ways of being himself.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Another eccentric example of style over content, The Double stars creepy Jesse Eisenberg in two roles, when one is always more than enough.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    Whatever the film's interest may be in the marginalized, writer-director Richard Ayoade never alludes to what would even be worth fighting for in this nightmarish industrial landscape.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Diane Garrett

    Without a character to really care about, the movie just comes off as fraught and over-stylized.

    TheWrap Full Review
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