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2013 3.0/5 IMDb 6.5/10 (34k) R SuperHD 93 minutes

Life takes a strange turn for a timid office worker when a new employee turns out to be his doppelgänger, but more outgoing and charismatic.

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Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Phyllis Somerville Directed by Richard Ayoade

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Language: English

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Rotten Tomatoes® Scores
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The film's bleakness is almost satirical. It's Brazil drained of the daydreams.

John Semley, Globe and Mail, 2014-06-13

 

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, 2014-06-12

 

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

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2014-05-23

 

"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, 2014-05-15

 

[A] pitiless and very funny comedy of misfortune constructed by director Richard Ayoade and his co-writer Avi Korine.

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2014-05-15

 

Ayoade creates a uniquely stylized dystopia, lit in dusty tones of olive and ochre and scored, mysteriously but somehow perfectly, to vintage Japanese pop.

Dana Stevens, Slate, 2014-05-09

 

Ayoade's breathtakingly realized oddity will appeal to fans of David Lynch and the comic surrealism of Terry Gilliam's "Brazil."

Kyle Smith, New York Post, 2014-05-09

 

This workplace-as-hellscape is not new territory, exactly - the story's based on Dostoevsky, plays like Kafka, and looks like an Orwellian nightmare. But who'd complain, since it lets Jesse Eisenberg offer what amounts to an acting master-class.

Bob Mondello, NPR, 2014-05-09

 

As a pure head-trip visual and auditory experience it feels like one of the biggest discoveries, and biggest surprises, of 2014.

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 2014-05-09

 

While this film about copies may feel a little familiar, it's also original - in all the best ways.

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, 2014-05-09

 

A darkly ironic and skillfully surreal examination of an unrealized life.

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, 2014-05-08

 

If The Double never fully succeeds, it's still exactly the sort of challenge and risk one wants out of a filmmaker as promising as Ayoade.

Ian Buckwalter, NPR, 2014-05-08

 

Ayoade's new film makes little attempt to ingratiate. Simon's ordeal is a spectacle, not a tragedy meant to sear the viewer's soul; it's less psychological than satirical.

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, 2014-05-08

 

Director Richard Ayoade gets a huge impact from minimal expressionist sets.

Adam Markovitz, Entertainment Weekly, 2014-05-08

 

If you're on its wavelength, it's a dive into quirky, murky fun. But even if you are, this oddball offering is vague and slippery, a calmer brother to "Brazil" or Orson Welles' Kafka tale "The Trial."

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, 2014-05-08

 

"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, 2014-05-22

 

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

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 2014-05-15

 

The kind of movie that may have been more satisfying to make than it is to watch.

A.O. Scott, New York Times, 2014-05-08

 

It's lifeless, for the most part, a drama suffocated by its schematic style.

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, 2014-05-08

 

A dumb show annihilated on the electric wire of pretentiousness, The Double recalls too many similar movies for its own good.

Rex Reed, New York Observer, 2014-05-07