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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: 83%

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
"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,
"An oddity, for sure: with established performers in a neophyte work, it's odd for all the wrong reasons."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Film International
"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
"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 entertaining Eisenberg-on-Eisenberg action makes The Double a grim delight, but it's Ayoade's work behind the camera that proves he's the one to watch."
‑ Sam Woolf, We Got This Covered
"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
"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
"This is a smart and sophisticated film to be sure, and its craft has much to applaud, but it's the way that the film is never burdened with an overabundance of dreariness or ennui that helps make it the success that it is."
‑ Jason Gorber, Moviefone
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