The Double Reviews

  • The twist in The Double slack mystery-thriller is revealed with a shrug about a third of the way in. After that, it's all about Gere looking grim, and Grace looking stricken as he learns what we already know.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • A tedious, impenetrable cat-and-mouse game involving Russian double and triple agents.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

  • Questionable motives and unbelievable decisions are relatively small potatoes compared with the Sputnik-size plotholes.

    Stephanie Merry — Washington Post

  • Whether it's the clumsy use of flashbacks, the air of manufactured portentousness, or the completely unbelievable casting of Grace in a role that requires a certain authority utterly lacking in the actor's performance, almost every move seems a misstep.

    Andrew Schenker — Village Voice

  • If these characters ever had a motivation for their extreme behavior, it disappeared in rewrites.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • Here is a movie constructed from basic parts at the Used Screenplay Store, with a character plugged in whenever one is required.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Ineptly realized in everything but its chase scenes (which are, I'll admit, pretty good).

    Ben Sachs — Chicago Reader

  • It's simply not very good.

    Randy Cordova — Arizona Republic

  • Rarely has Mr. Gere walked through any movie with so little energy and so much indifference.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • What can you say about a dull spy thriller that gives away its big "secret'' both in its trailer and the film's title?

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • Staged with the trite, predictable rhythms of garden-variety espionage. Gere acts circles around it as long as he can.

    Eric Kohn — indieWIRE

  • A barely warm dish of Cold War leftovers that shows its hand too early, then works itself into an increasingly implausible tangle of knotty plot developments without ever mustering much intensity.

    David Rooney — Hollywood Reporter

  • There's a sanded-off, textbook creativity to "The Double" that forsakes rich cloak-and-dagger textures for generic twists, hackneyed flashbacks and telegraphed moments of peril.

    Robert Abele — Los Angeles Times

  • Old laundry, a limp, doddering would-be thriller that desperately needs Jack Bauer to show up and start shooting things and yelling at people.

    Will Leitch — Deadspin

  • Let's hope Richard Gere never has to make another one this cheesy after his comeback in "Arbitrage."

    Roger Moore

  • Director/Writer Michael Brandt does a nice job of building tension throughout the entire movie and gives old man Gere some action man chops.

    Michelle Alexandria — Eclipse Magazine

  • I may have seen some things coming in the story, but it was nonetheless interesting to watch things play out.

    Kevin Carr — 7M Pictures

  • Gere phones in a cool, detached performance. Grace is sub-par as the whiz kid agent. And, the story, despite numerous plot twists, fails to entertain. Grade: C.

    Paul Chambers — CNNRadio

  • You have to admire Brandt and Haas for taking such a gamble, but unfortunately it doesn't quite pay off.

    James Kendrick — Q Network Film Desk

  • It is a flawed film, but one that accomplishes what it sets out to do: entertain, if in fits and starts, for an hour and a half.

    Mike Scott — Times-Picayune

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