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The Double

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United Kingdom · 2014
Rated R · 1h 33m
Director Richard Ayoade
Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige
Genre Drama, Thriller

Simon is a timid man, overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. The arrival of a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance. James is both Simon’s exact physical double and his opposite - confident, cool and charismatic. And to Simon’s horror, James slowly starts taking over his life.

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78 by Calum Marsh

The Double taps into a deep reservoir of psychic turmoil even as it navigates the script’s abundant jokes, and the nightmare of the heart of the film is doubtless universal.


Slant Magazine by Chris Cabin

Whatever the film's interest may be in the marginalized, writer-director Richard Ayoade never alludes to what would even be worth fighting for in this nightmarish industrial landscape.


Time Out London by Dave Calhoun

Ayoade tips his hat to so many other filmmakers and writers that he leaves little room to consider anything other than what a good job he’s doing of distilling all his references into an effective Pinterest board of paranoia and alienation.


Empire by David Hughes

Given the obvious influences on The Double, it could have felt like a facsimile of other films. Instead, it has enough individuality, imagination and idiosyncratic invention to identify it as a true original.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

The story arrives at a satisfying emotional conclusion with wonderfully thoughtful ramifications.


The Guardian by Henry Barnes

The Double isn't an original idea. It wasn't even in Dostoyevsky's time. But it's a great story. And Ayoade has produced a brilliant copy.


Variety by Justin Chang

Undeniably impressive as a visual-psychological construct, The Double is ultimately a rigid, one-joke movie that feels hard pressed to sustain any sort of momentum over the course of its 92-minute running time.


The Telegraph by Tim Robey

It's a bureaucratic noir nightmare that may put you more readily in mind of Kafka, albeit with a tone of tongue-in-cheek bleakness that's bracing and funny – at least at first.

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