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: 82% 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.

Alex Casey

There are many hilarious gags and performances (the TV show within the film is spectacular), but the film is also full of devastatingly sad moments of loneliness that will leave you feeling like a wooden Pinocchio.

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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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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage

Ayoade has crafted a smart, high-concept puzzler with a keen sense of comedic timing and a fine cast littered with familiar faces.

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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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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Although Existentialism is out of fashion these days, I think a lot of people will be able to identify with Simon's plight in this film. It works as both absurdest comedy and as social commentary.

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