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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

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film's bleakness is almost satirical. It's Brazil drained of the daydreams."
‑ John Semley, Globe and Mail
""The Double" has a theatrical, self-conscious quality to it; the performances feel stagy and its production design looks like a grimly monotone Wes Anderson movie."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Despite its pleasures, the film proves ultimately little more than an echo, forgoing a thorough exploration of its themes for a more literal approach that treads close to lip service."
‑ Rob Humanick, The Berks-Mont News
"It's all very determined and beautifully wrought."
‑ Donald Munro, Fresno Bee
"Talented director Richard Avoade (Submarine), cinematographer Erik Wilson and the art and set directors have created a riveting authoritarian world."
‑ Emily S. Mendel,
"The Double invites second looks and close examination. As Simon finds when peering into mirrors, what we see is often unexpected."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
""The Double" is a striking piece of work, but it's nostalgic for a kind of paranoia that may no longer exist. There are different things to frighten us now."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Ayoade brilliantly pulls off his film's mix of queasy paranoia and off-kilter comedy."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"This may seem strange to say, but Eisenberg has great chemistry with himself."
‑ Rob Thomas, Madison Movie
"A cheeky take on Fyodor Dostoevsky's 1846 story of a milquetoast clerk who comes face to face with a cocky, manipulative jackass who looks just like him, The Double proves great ideas never go stale if they access universal truth."
‑ Katherine Monk,
"The Double doesn't get very deep, but it does get interesting."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Most of the time, "The Double" feels less like watching a book than reading a movie."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Some of the world's quirks feel shoehorned in, but the script earns most of its dark and discomforting laughs."
‑ Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
"Its clever moments outweigh its contrived ones, twisting into an atmospheric package that's both subtle and haunting."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"The result is supremely creepy."
‑ Chris Knight, National Post
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