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In Theaters May 9 (22 days)
Eisenberg plays Simon, a timid, isolated man who's overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams (Wasikowska). The arrival of a new co-worker, James (also played by Eisenberg), serves to upset the balance. James is both Simon's exact physical double and his opposite - confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simon's horror, James slowly starts taking over his life. (c) Magnolia
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ayoade tips his hat to so many other filmmakers ... distilling all his references into a Pinterest board of paranoia and alienation."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"It's the boldly uncompromising approach that makes The Double such enjoyably smart satire."
‑ Stephen Kelly, SFX Magazine
"After his acclaimed drama Submarine, actor-turned-filmmaker Richard Ayoade applies his considerable visual skills to this striking blackly comical adaptation of Dostoevsky's novella."
‑ Rich Cline,
"A painfully funny odyssey of personal ineffectualness that is bitterly wonderful in how it revels in the decrepit horror of the everyday world."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"It all pans out like an incredibly well-told single joke."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"Confirms that Ayoade is indeed the real deal, an ambitious young filmmaker working in a register shared by far too few of his contemporaries."
‑ Calum Marsh,
"[Ayoade] starts to come into his own as a filmmaker."
‑ Jake Cole, Movie Mezzanine
"Ayoade fills the future-retro landscape with sounds and visions lifted from Terry Gilliam's Brazil and David Lynch's Eraserhead, with effective if derivative results."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"It is a stylised and idiosyncratic affair, combining deadpan humour with a real sense of existential terror."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"Ayoade showed with his first film, the 2011 coming-of-age comedy Submarine, that he is a director full of ideas. But here they trip over themselves, in an uneasy triumph of presentation over content."
‑ Brian Viner, Daily Mail [UK]
"It's a bleak, alienating vision by design, and the cruel sense of repetition that sets in feels entirely intentional, conveying again and again the weight of society bearing down relentlessly on one individual."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"... the visual elements (cinematography by Erik Wilson, production design by David Crank, art direction by Denis Schnegg) and music (Andrew Hewitt) are a lot of what makes the film work."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"If Richard Ayoade continues in this vein, we could be looking at a director to rival David Cronenberg and David Lynch during their prime..."
‑ Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy
"Ayoade bravely avoids lightening the tone, instead utilising impressive sound editing and cinematography to craft a moody, paranoid psychological fantasy."
‑ Lucy Barrick, Radio Times
"It's very smart work."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
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