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Enemy

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Canada, Spain, France

2013

Rated R • 1h 31m

Director Denis Villeneuve

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossellini

Genre Mystery, Thriller

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After spotting someone who looks exactly like him in a movie, a mild-mannered college professor seeks out his more famous doppelgänger, slowly becoming more and more obsessed with the life of his lookalike until he reaches a psychological breaking point.

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63

Slant Magazine by Jesse Cataldo

Jake Gyllenhaal embodies the two roles with real presence, establishing Adam's sniveling wimp and Anthony's striding jerk as two believably discrete sides of the same coin.
70

The Dissolve by Jordan Hoffman

For a tone poem on loneliness, fluid identity, and photogenic apartments, Enemy is the best entry in the genre since Roman Polanski’s The Tenant. And the last five minutes are just as unpredictable.
60

Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

All the way back to "Donnie Darko," Jake Gyllenhaal has had an inchoate sense of evolution about him, a tricky quality that better actors can’t pull off half as well. So it’s hard to say if splitting the star into two doppelgängers — Adam, a mousy college professor, and Anthony, a rising actor with a healthy ego — is the best dramatic plan.
25

New York Post by Lou Lumenick

It doesn’t add up to much of anything exciting, even with an appearance by Isabella Rossellini (of Lynch’s “Blue Velvet’’) as the mother of one of the doubles.
90

Village Voice by Michael Nordine

Denis Villeneuve's shared dream of a film takes the simple premise of a man glimpsing his doppelganger while watching a movie and mines every bit of tension and oddity from it — there's hardly a scene that doesn't exude menace.
70

Variety by Peter Debruge

Ultimately, the enigmatic surface conflict — in which a man must contend with his own carbon copy as rival — proves to be the film’s own worst enemy, for its dark, David Lynchian allure proves almost too compelling, obscuring the material’s deeper themes.
100

The Playlist by Rodrigo Perez

Enemy is a transfixing grand slam that certifies Villeneuve as the real deal and one of the most exciting new voices in cinema today.

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