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Double, The (15)

Comedy, Drama, Thriller

A comedy centered on a man who is driven insane by the appearance of his doppleganger.

The critical consensus

The Double is a clever film, but despite its downtrodden hero, not a particularly empathetic experience.

***(*)(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 13/03/2014

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.

****(*)David Hughes, Empire Online, 31/03/2014

Ayoade’s difficult second film shows the directorial skill – and daring – of a major player, even if it can’t quite escape being swallowed by its influences.

***(*)(*)Matt Glasby, Total Film, 31/03/2014

It would be mad to let its particular genius, like its protagonist’s, go unrecognised.

****(*)Anton Bitel, Little White Lies, 03/04/2014

Ayoade, meanwhile, successfully blends sitcom-style whimsy with images and ideas that are rich and disturbing.

Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 03/04/2014

I just wish the film had doubled up on substance.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 01/04/2014

Jesse Eisenberg and a strong cast bring Richard Ayoade's paranoid dystopia to life.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 05/04/2014

Existential despair is intensified by the film’s Brazil-aping retro-futuristic designs, but Ayoade never quite manages to transform this into anything particularly profound.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 07/04/2014

A cinematic experience that will haunt and delight you.

Lorna Irvine, Across the Arts, 23/04/2014

Features about Double, The (15)

The double act: Richard Ayoade and Jesse Eisenberg team up for Dostoevsky adaptation

Steve Rose, The Independent, 29/03/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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