The Double
The Double (2014)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: May 9, 2014
DVD Release Date: August 25, 2014
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Hauntingly bleak and thrillingly ambitious, The Double offers Jesse Eisenberg a pair of compelling roles while reaffirming writer-director Richard Ayoade's remarkable talent.

John Semley
Globe and Mail

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

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

"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.

Ann Lee
Metro (UK)

Building on his promising debut, Submarine, Richard Ayoade is emerging as a director of some talent.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

The Double invites second looks and close examination. As Simon finds when peering into mirrors, what we see is often unexpected.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

"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.

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Alex Heeney
Seventh Row

Whether he's sneering as James or falling over his words as Simon, [Jesse Eisenberg] is an incredibly compelling on-screen presence.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

The Double doesn't get very deep, but it does get interesting.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Most of the time, "The Double" feels less like watching a book than reading a movie.

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Betsy Sherman
Arts Fuse

The movie intelligently reimagines the Dostoyevsky novella while retaining the emotional turmoil at its core. It's a brilliantly executed pitch-black comedy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
No better pairing could exist than having an adaptation of Dostoyevsky directed by Richard Ayoade. One is absurdist and nearly dystopian, the other whimsical in… More
danny d
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Pretty yawn-inducing till it's halfway through, then gets a bit interesting for a while before it finally loses the steam again.
Nicki Marie
Not sure I entirely "got" this one, though it was interesting. A bit dark and dull looking, felt like a period in the past, though not. Pretty sure… More
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A creepy dark, unique thriller that teases the senses but ultimately falls flat. It's like marmite you'll either love it or hate it!
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