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"Double Take" is a tale of intrigue, personal paranoia and deception. Using archive footage, the film uses Hitchcock's own sardonic wit to explore his preoccupation with doubles -- a recurring theme in his films -- to virtuoso and entertaining effect. Positioned against the backdrop of the Cold War and inspired by Jorge Luis Borges novella, "The OtherÔ," best-selling British author Tom McCarthy writes a plot to mirror the political intrigue in which Hitchcock and his elusive double increasingly obsess over the perfect murder of each other.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

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"Hardly earth-shattering enough for a 5-minute short, much less an 80-minute movie."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"By contrasting Hitchcock's explanation of "The MacGuffin" with TV commercials and old arguments over who's winning the Cold War, Grimonprez makes a case for how historical events can be driven by threats more perceived than actual."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"... more entertaining than enlightening."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"Mildly entertaining, stylishly edited, but neither synthesized nor provocative enough to be a truly enlightening experience"
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"The connections that Grimonprez makes among his various areas of inquiry seem mightily tenuous."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
"Hitchcock was a master of mischief and misdirection, and no film so thoroughly infused with his spirit could be dull or predictable."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"A way of showing how the Master of Suspense's work captured the zeitgeist, and how the zeitgeist responded by getting dumberer."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"The message is muddy, but that doesn't feel as important as the delivery method, which ends up redeeming this as a film experiment that succeeds for its sense of derring-do if nothing else."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"A marvelous, multi-media mockumentary about Hitchcock certain to add to the already lofty stature of the revered cinema icon."
‑ Kam Williams, Sly Fox
"Johan Grimonprez ("dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y" - 1997) proves himself a master of the art of montage as he balances compounding strands of logic in a seemingly staggering display of seamless critical analysis. "Double Take" is an art film of the highest order. Do"
‑ Cole Smithey,
"This isn't a normal movie; it's an art installation. And whatever it may have been meant to be, it takes its real meaning from you."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Double Take is a cunning hybrid-call it a psycho-doc. Playful yet tempered with paranoia, curiously the whole thing nevertheless seems more nostalgic than cautionary."
‑ Chris Chang, Film Comment Magazine
"the most indefinable film currently playing in theaters; it also happens to be the most madly entertaining"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"Johan Grimonprez sure knows his Hitchcock! Double Take is a dazzling and dizzying avant-garde documentary homage--and then some."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Drawing hazy parallels between the Cold War and the rise of consumerist culture, the film implies ideological battles are won by those best able to exploit the media in insidious ways."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
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