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