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The Double

The Double

2014
Comedy
Drama
1h 33m
A clerk in a government agency finds his unenviable life takes a turn for the horrific with the arrival of a new co-worker who is both his exact physical double and his opposite - confident, charismatic and seductive with women.
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The Double

2014
Comedy
Drama
1h 33m
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Rated 29 Oct 2015
84
90th
I guess this movie potentially works best for schmucks who lead schmucky lives in which they are too afraid or passive to take any big chances, who enjoy watching movies that make fun of schmucky characters stuck in schmucky lives as a way to unload all their negative schmuck-feelings about themselves. Totally unrelated, I thoroughly enjoyed everything this movie had to offer. Anyhoo, time to do my taxes and go to bed alone at a sensible time. Like a schmuck.
Rated 04 Apr 2014
85
94th
Get sucked into a nightmarish but very funny tale of absurdity, bureaucratic insanity and madness based on Dostoyevsky's novel (skyrocketing to the top of my reading list), peppered with a dash of Kafka and a pinch of Ayoade's very own sensibilities. It's even better than 'Submarine', very high praise in my book! Jesse Eisenberg, on double duty, is simultaneously hilarious and believable, and the feel and rhythms of the stylish, bold and sublimely weird movie he's carrying wholly unique.
Rated 04 Aug 2014
90
97th
Magnificent. I'm actually not the biggest Eisenberg fan, but here he's cast supurbly, producing an immersive performance, full of nuance and timing. Ayoade's direction is slight, comic and forboding when the mood requires it to be, and his clear mish-mash of influences here feels natural, shaped into something truly of his own conception; rather than the more direct paying homage impression given in "Submarine". Thoughtful and full of style and flair, this comes highly recommeded.
Rated 30 Dec 2014
68
55th
Franz Kafka sarcastically presents Terry Gilliam's Enemy. Or maybe this is just an extremely focused retelling of Roman Polanski's The Tenant, which really is not a bad thing. Eisenberg is actually a dead ringer for young Polanski. Holy Doppelgänger! In all seriousness though, the suave one should've been played by Michael Cera.
Rated 26 Aug 2014
8
78th
It's rare to see a film as tonally balanced as The Double, a wonderful blend of kooky comedy and inner emotional turmoil that pushed all the right buttons for me, both thematically and stylistically. Eisenberg rivals his performance in TSN as a mild-mannered office worker trying to break out of his introverted shell and the film's playful use of sound and beautifully inventive lighting are married in harmonious fashion, rendering this weirdly charming story in a magnetic audiovisual experience.
Rated 22 Nov 2015
44
48th
Starring Jesse Eisenberg in the role he was born to play--Jesse Eisenberg. According to Amazon.com, people who watched The Double also viewed: other movies starring Jesse Eisenberg as Jesse Eisenberg. 3/10 people found this review Jesse Eisenberg.
Rated 07 Oct 2014
35
19th
It's certainly a "double" of works other than Dostoyevsky's, imitating the aesthetic of Terry Gilliam's bureaucratic dystopias and the pulpy, allegorical Fight Club. For a film purporting to discuss personal uniqueness, its total lack of personality, of distinguishing features, and its complete reliance on off-the-shelf cliches and platitudes, is actually glaring.
Rated 11 Aug 2014
86
78th
Borrows a lot narratively, but from the best of sources. You can't be too upset when something is Brazil meets Youth in Revolt, with shades of The Apartment, film noir, and Wes Anderson. The visuals and production design are all top notch. Darker and more authentic than something like Grand Budapest Hotel, but just as boldly stylistic. Like 60% of these shots would be the best shot in any other movie this year. So there's that. And the humor is sharp, and the satire is just over the top enough.
Rated 24 May 2014
75
81st
A great film about fear -- not so much as outward terror so much as what drives our inhibitions. Simon and James are, effectively, the same person, but the key difference is in the latter's assertiveness and lack of pause. We're all Pinocchio for as long as we desire to be. Oh, and it's pretty funny, too.
Rated 13 Jun 2014
40
13th
It might work as a part Wes Anderson-goes-dark, part De Palma-goes-indie experiment, but it turns out that The Double imposes a style that strikes with vapid imagery thrills. Its Kafkaesque references also seem too obvious. The character is considered a non-person, is dedicated to a work he doesn't understand (actually, we don't quite know what they do there for that Colonel), pursues a girl (and a Double who is his opposite) and rides trains (the most common transport for loners).
Rated 29 Jun 2014
99
99th
As with Ayoade's first film, this can't really avoid feeling highly derivative, but likewise i'm not sure it matters when this is a lot more enjoyable than most of the things it's copying. The consensus seems to be that it's a Brazil rip-off but personally i got way more of a Charlie Kaufman and Aki Kaurismaki by way of Von Trier's Europa vibe. Plus, Mia Wasikowska is amazing and there's a Chris Morris cameo too. Also i'm pretty sure that Avi Korine is now the better Korine brother...
Rated 14 Sep 2014
82
89th
A very enjoyable and blackly comic take on a novella I want to read now. Beautifully shot, and styled somewhere between Brazil and a David Lynch nightmare; the sound design alone is terrific, but I was mesmerised by the look of this film. Featuring a very strong performance from the reliable Eisenberg, this is a very impressive follow-up to Submarine, confirming that Ayoade has bags of talent, and I'm interested to see what he'll do next. Bonus points for Wallace Shawn and a Chris Morris cameo.
Rated 13 Oct 2014
60
49th
Points for the anachronistic Terry Gilliam inspired universe, but I liked it better when it was called Fight Club.
Rated 09 May 2014
80
89th
The Double is a great movie, one which I intend on watching several times in order to completely figure it out. It has a strong style, interesting themes, a great lead performance by Jesse Eisenberg, and enough humor to keep its bleakness from being off-putting, even if it is dark, dark humor. That just matches its subject matter. This is one of those films that you need to see.
Rated 11 Apr 2015
84
77th
Excellent atmosphere, good performances and a narrative that does a great job of balancing surrealism with comprehensibility, in large part thanks to a very effective emotional core.
Rated 06 Apr 2014
77
49th
Ayoade's film has an interesting dystopian steampunk aesthetic and stark lighting, but it's really not that riveting to watch - especially when the Jesse Eisenberg count doubles. The cyclical/repetitive plot is more confusing than exciting, and the characters aren't up to much. Soon, you feel you'd rather be exploring any other location and any other character in the film, than what Simon James Simon is up to. Watching it feels "worthy", but also hollow and a let-down in entertainment terms.
Rated 14 Sep 2014
81
90th
I cared about the non existant!
Rated 16 Dec 2014
63
61st
Don't want to press this too far right now, but it seems like Ayoade might be the British version of Rian Johnson: a pastiche artist who can competently and convincingly incorporate the palette and themes of his forebears into something new but can't quite overcome the sense of derivativeness his procedure invokes. And, insofar as they are the cinematic equivalents of David Mitchell, they need to make their own Cloud Atlases, some work that puts their formidable talent for mimicry to good use.
Rated 31 May 2014
10
4th
Just go watch Fight Club again instead.
Rated 15 Nov 2014
20
8th
I was bored by the never ending monotony and dull, dark sets. The uninspired performance from Jesse Eisenberg was also quite tedious. The beautiful Mia Wasikowska was the only person, or thing, that was interesting or worth watching. The plot and dialog is a ridiculous load of pretentious nonsense. I laughed once at the beginning, and everything else fell flat. The premise might have been good, but the execution was depressing, pointless and stupid. Mostly rotten writing, directing and editing.
Rated 14 Sep 2014
50
42nd
To be fair, this movie deserves way, WAY less than a score of 50, but you've got to respect a film that so doggedly pursues mediocrity on every level.
Rated 19 Aug 2015
85
91st
The blatant humor is at first concerning but soon after not at all distracting due to the central perspective being that of a hopeless cynic who thinks the world's out to get him. Of course, it's actually just him. Besides being funny, The Double makes its old themes poignant by the rest of its sheer creativity in beautifully consistent set design that evokes both fantasy and cold satire. The sort of film that would seem jumbled but has unwavering confidence.
Rated 21 Jul 2014
5
42nd
The problem here is Jesse Eisenberg, who is fairly convincing as a mumbling loser, but not quite as convincing as a charismatic lady's man, and to see these two types play off each other is more annoying than anything else, even if the ambitious photography and production design are inspired.
Rated 09 Feb 2015
85
59th
Bizarre and hilarious and depressing, The Double is a nightmarish, anxiety-ridden adventure into existentialism, mixing Lynch and Gilliam with Wes Anderson and Woody Allen into an unnerving 90 minutes that has you wondering things like, "Is that fucking J Mascis?". Jesse Eisenberg is great, and Wallace Shawn steals the fucking show.
Rated 29 Jan 2015
80
80th
One of those movies that gives you that feeling when you watch someone trying to thread a needle and they're failing miserably to the point where you want so bad to just snatch it out of their hands and do it for them, but instead you're forced to look away because it's too unbearable. Like some kind of empathetic anxiety that strands you in a constant state of discomfort. You kinda just gotta sit back and let your intuition soak it up.
Rated 12 Aug 2014
80
91st
who knew the it guy could direct? the double is a masterpiece in its super stylish moody atmosphere. eisenberg is spot on for the part, and doesn't disappoint. excellent use of sound and editing is also noteworthy. this may be this year's surprise hit.
Rated 20 Jul 2014
7
64th
Shot in a fantastic manner which I wouldn't expect any less from Ayoade and I can't think of any other actor who could pulls this role off like Eisenberg. For a film all about frustration though, was a little disapointed with the lack of payoff for the hero.
Rated 17 Aug 2016
77
49th
I don't think I understood this movie at all. In fact, I'm sure I didn't. As soon as it was finished, I was sure I'd have to re-watch this to try and make sense of it, but I'm still not sure if I want to.
Rated 09 Nov 2014
85
79th
I can't get over how excited I am with each new project Ayoade releases. The Double takes a modern day/Orwellian spin on the already clever Dostoevsky novel. The film's cold palette is a nice icing on an already isolating theme. A wonderfully sharp and complex dual-performance by Eisenberg, who understands the effect of comedic timing and full-bodied nuances. It's a dark, stylistic, and thoughtful flick that I would highly recommend.
Rated 09 Dec 2014
78
53rd
In terms of content it's a hodgepodge of different influences and ideas (Lynch, Gilliam, Dostoyevsky, Kafka, "Fight Club"). What holds this back from greatness is that it FEELS that way, as Ayoade never really synthesizes it all into something coherent. It's almost too ambitious for the script to handle. Ayoade is a very talented director though, stylistically restless and with a fantastic eye. Eisenberg is mostly good, if annoyingly skittish in one of his personae.
Rated 05 Jul 2014
80
69th
Felt like a cross between Lynch and Gilliam. Excellent use of color. Great second film by Ayoade.
Rated 10 Jun 2014
20
9th
This must have been my worst PSI ever.
Rated 28 Dec 2014
75
79th
Brilliant production design..
Rated 11 Aug 2014
83
59th
Fun yet vaguely unnerving, surprisingly easy to follow yet extremely hard to pigeonhole, a unique and offbeat gem. Jesse Eisenberg does superb stuff with his central roles, the script is an insanely enthralling blend of dark comedy and psych horror, and Ayoade's direction is sublime, every shot painstakingly crafted. Excellent.
Rated 27 Dec 2014
29
8th
Like embarrassing poems written by some wannabe intellectual just turned 19.
Rated 23 May 2017
62
75th
Quite different from director Richard Ayoade's previous film "Submarine", but I liked both films about equally. This one reminded me of films of Lynch, Gilliam and Radford's "1984" - and that's not too common these days. Eisenberg is a good fit as the lead and Wasikowska keeps picking interesting roles.
Rated 09 Jun 2015
8
71st
Morbidly comedic whilst also being haunting and stark in its atmosphere, Eisenberg gives an absorbing performance in this stylistically off-putting "Brazil"-esque picture.
Rated 21 Mar 2015
70
37th
I suppose it was well-made, but I couldn't connect with this film at all...
Rated 14 Nov 2014
70
67th
I liked this, for the most part. It feels rather derivative, unfortunately. The comparisons to Gilliam's work, especially, were hard for me to ignore. I thought the film started going somewhat downhill when the double actually appeared. I was quite engaged up until that point. Ayoade's direction is really good, and I'm glad to see he's improving since Submarine (2010). Eisenberg and Wasikowska both give good performances. So, yeah, not perfect by any stretch, but solid work that's worth a watch.
Rated 04 Nov 2014
75
59th
It's like Gilliam except palatable.
Rated 18 Nov 2014
73
47th
great in a lot of ways, but it just doesn't pay off.
Rated 20 Sep 2023
40
13th
It wants desperately to be Welles' 'The Trial' and/or Gilliam's 'Brazil', but it's nowhere near it. Ayoade is afflicted with what I like to call the 'Edgar Wright disease' that seems to strike many a British filmmaker, and that is the inability to do anything other than regurgitate others' filmmaking styles in an obvious way mixed with trying too hard. Sally Hawkins is in this film for about 5 seconds and she is far and away the best thing about it.
Rated 05 Nov 2014
71
37th
A straight mash up of Lynch's greatest hits in Eraserhead and a great majority of Mulholland Drive. I think it pulls it off. I had basically the same reaction to this as I did seeing Eraserhead for the first time, 'Well, that sure was a film.' There's some things to praise here, strong weido performances, strong weirdo set design and strong weirdo direction. A well crafted film. Does it all hang together? Maybe. Do not watch this film if you're depressive, though. It's not an upper, let me say.
Rated 12 Jun 2018
90
95th
Quirky characters and dark atmosphere reminiscent of Gilliam's Brazil.
Rated 02 Jan 2015
93
97th
This. Is. Awesome.
Rated 07 Aug 2014
80
80th
Wasikowska, marry me!
Rated 14 Aug 2014
75
53rd
I got a very Lynchian feel in the way the world acts and the visuals. It was dark and wonderfully shot, the office being a character of its own. Eisenberg also does well pulling double duty as an awkward, hard worker and a suave winner who can lie his way through life. But something just left me kinda cold during it. I wasn't able to connect to the plot or characters like I would have liked. And I keep seeing that it was a dark comedy but I didn't laugh.
Rated 08 Sep 2015
76
43rd
Double your pleasure, double the fun... well I wouldn't say the movie is exactly fun. The movie has this depressing vibe set in a bureaucratic nightmare world where paper pushing is king. The movie really feels like Brazil except less confusing. This film is actually based off a Dostoyevsky story and I might have to check it out eventually. Jesse Eisenberg plays two parts Simon James and James Simon. One is a wimpy ghost-of-a-nobody and the other is bold, brash and charismatic...
Rated 27 Jul 2014
65
40th
I enjoyed this only on a superficial level (terrific visuals!). It's just too slight to amount to anything, and also feels quite derivative.
Rated 19 Jun 2014
55
26th
I guess, after making a teenage love movie with Submarine, this time Ayoade decided to direct one just as a teenager would. Cool... No, sorry, thanks.
Rated 24 Jun 2014
45
25th
I really enjoyed the stylised look of the film and Jesse Eisenberg's performance but I didnt enjoy the content. This film is incredibly dark and very strange which just didnt work for me. Im not sure why this film is in the comedy genre because there wasn't many comedic moments. I was expecting alot more because im a fan of Richard Ayoade's previous work but this is a failure unfortunately.
Rated 03 Jul 2021
62
18th
"The Double" arouses feelings of vicarious dread and embarrassment for Eisenberg, and I'm torn between those feelings and schadenfreude because I really don't like Eisenberg, but either way, this isn't a pleasant movie. It's more one of those movies that's like a train wreck that you can't tear your eyes away from.
Rated 17 Feb 2015
65
42nd
karanlık kasvetli atmosferi, ışık kullanımı, sterilize ortamı iyi de senaryosu kopuk ve hedeften yoksun. genel olarak filmin konusu; çekingen, platonik aşık ve hayatta var olamamış bir adam hikayesi
Rated 21 Oct 2014
54
32nd
After being hooked by the trailer, I was overall disappointed by the actual product. Rather than comparing it to Brasil and Fight Club as others are, I like comparing it to Enemy (based on a similar, modern story). Enemy was a mystery with answers and a message, whereas Double was a mystery with ambiguity and Wallace Shawn.
Rated 10 Aug 2014
61
63rd
A simple idea well executed. The set dressing is what stands out here.
Rated 28 Nov 2014
70
52nd
Ayoade is a great director, and this film is shot well (love the use of colour and darkness). However, it's missing something, and I am not sure what. I am just an amateur critic on the cyberweb, so I am not sure. It has a Lynchian tone, but, it never pulled me in like Lynch usually does. Yes, a subjective response with no substance. What do you want from me?
Rated 03 Jan 2015
80
88th
79 of these points are for Chris Morris.
Rated 11 Jul 2021
75
41st
w/ Kaan
Rated 02 Aug 2020
69
28th
Started good. But then...
Rated 22 Sep 2014
56
25th
An earlier Ayoade film I saw reeked of Wes Anderson..this still has some lingering scent..is heavy on the Gilliam & even has shades of Bergman's Persona. Competently made, but The Double isn't gripping and got lost in it's dainty but aimless experiments. Also, this is another victim of a trailer rebuilding the film as a far more dramatic film than it actually was. Ayoade, a man still trying to find a style of his own..
Rated 18 May 2014
60
9th
I had to skip parts throughout the second half of the film, some scenes were just too boring. I get the film, I did laugh at several of it's dark humor jokes, but really how is the rest supposed to be entertaining or meaningful? Some may say the fun in this film is in figuring out some obscure detail but idk to me that's as profound as calculating √729, it doesn't intrigue me, not without decent context. The good humor was scarce, the story was old and boring and the drama stale.
Rated 09 Nov 2014
75
59th
Surreal, peppered with just enough realism to make it interesting.
Rated 15 Mar 2017
61
7th
i gave 61 after watching till 15 minutes, after then i kept jumping 1 min, and to find if it would get interesting later on, and it didn't seem to be getting interesting, and i finished it like this It seems a very dark movie.
Rated 29 Sep 2014
69
41st
It has an interesting aesthetic (that also reminded me of Gilliam), a good score, and Jesse Eisenberg is good, but I can't help but feel that this wasn't fully fleshed out. I died at the "defense wins championships" line though.
Rated 09 Dec 2014
82
69th
Very Gilliam-esque, though with that cutting humor, that schadenfreude, which Ayoade excels at both making us revel in but also sympathise with. Eisenberg does very very well here, as do the effects which make him his own double. A strong supporting cast, each with a few pieces for them to showcase, backed with some staggeringly good dystopian, oppressive production design.
Rated 31 Aug 2014
67
32nd
A huge disappointment after the Submarine... If you like incoherent, claustrophobic, dark arthouse movies with lots of cliche symbolisms & subtexts in a dystopic setting, this is the movie for you...
Rated 22 Aug 2016
63
39th
The Double has a bleak, almost Gilliam-esque quality to it. How the plot plays out was a little punishing, with the style occassionally compensating for depth, though the ending was the most interesting part. Nevertheless, the film showcases Ayoade's skills at directing, and Eisenberg was in his element. The Korean music encorporated into the soundtrack is a little jarring, and the strings played around Eisenberg's characters is reminiscent of (or inspiration to) Lex Luther in BvS.
Rated 14 Jul 2016
88
90th
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Rated 14 Feb 2015
78
68th
Chris Morris is in it so really it should get a 100.
Rated 23 Sep 2021
82
88th
Fight Club for hipster weenies. I loved it. FML.
Rated 08 Jan 2015
72
46th
Ayoade is clearly evolving into one of Britain's more interesting filmmakers. The Double seems somewhat familiar in many regards: it's Lynchian in its dark humoured tone, displays the gawkiness of Allen, all the while taking visual cue-points from Tati and Gilliam for good measure. Although a thoroughly thought provoking adaptation, it's a film which feels inferior to those of its influences, unable to escape from its own overbearing sense of self importance and raffishness
Rated 23 Apr 2017
80
79th
A fun Lynchian type film that reminds you of Bartleby and1984 all at once.
Rated 09 May 2014
70
35th
Stunning simply for the effectiveness of its minimalistic sets and design to create a moody atmosphere. Doesn't feel all that original because it feels so similar to other doppleganger flicks, albeit in a Terry Gilliam-esque dystopian world.
Rated 09 Nov 2014
62
19th
Steampunk sci-fi romance of some kind.
Rated 24 Sep 2015
66
34th
Not too bad, but not particularly good either. The style is quite good, very dark and there are some nice shots. The premise is okay, but I didn't like the ending and there were some parts throughout the film that annoyed me. Decent watch but nothing spectacular. Could have had a lot better execution.
Rated 08 Jun 2015
35
8th
In heavily invoking such great thinkers as Nietzsche, Kierkegaard and Dostoyevsky, it feels like an imitation of a serious work made by somebody doing an impression of a serious artist.
Rated 17 Jan 2020
30
6th
I should stop watching these Lynchian-lite movies.
Rated 06 Aug 2014
41
13th
Absurd and dark in its approach. Interesting themes about small personalities and internal doubt but I felt so detached to what was happening on screen.
Rated 21 Aug 2018
60
68th
Interesting, I saw A LOT of Kafka. Great work from Eisenberg. Although is not big deal the fact that is kind of different and you do not know where is going to end makes you see it until the end.
Rated 18 Aug 2014
78
70th
BRIC setting, Brazil (1985), The Tenant (1976), Fight Club (1999).
Rated 15 Jan 2015
55
23rd
Veeery stylistic, visually, every scene has a meaning. It's not that easy a watch but if you are into very dark comedy, it has a touch. Most points I detracted because it goes too much into chaos specially towards the end. Definitely not a single watch movie.
Rated 13 Feb 2015
80
75th
Everything to do with the film succeeds in building intrigue. It's rare to see all elements combine to make such a unique aesthetic. The script, the performances, the lighting, the score and the direction all complement each other.
Rated 02 Nov 2017
50
24th
Would rate higher but I don't like Eisenberg
Rated 25 Oct 2015
72
49th
Melhor do que eu esperava.
Rated 28 Mar 2016
73
31st
Richard Ayoade adaptiert Dostojewski. Ein totaler Verlierer findet heraus, dass er einen Doppelgänger hat, der ihm bis ins letzte Detail gleicht. Aber: Sein Doppel ist aggressiv erfolgreich und sehr charmant. Ayode entwirft daraus eine Welt, die einem Albtraum gleicht.
Rated 29 Sep 2014
43
29th
Although it is based on Dostoyevsky's short novel the vibe of this film is very much Kafkian. I found the weirdness of this film annoyingly pointless, a sort of fashion statement. The story has no meaning, even Dostoyevsky's work didn't have any, but at least there was no Eisenberg the book. I like to think of it as of a story about manic depressive. Spotting J Mascis was by far most fun thing about this film.
Rated 16 Apr 2015
80
79th
If directors were could be cover bands this would be The Terry Gilliam Experience. But it's a very good cover band.
Rated 29 Jun 2015
4
51st
Nope, this doesn't work at all.
Rated 03 Mar 2014
35
10th
If2014, mehmetcan ile & Kafkaesk atmosferi disinda geriye ne kaldi? Orjinallikten yoksun, surekli aksayan senaryosu sebebiyle buyuk bir hayal kirikligi.
Rated 04 Nov 2014
75
72nd
This was a decent doppleganger film. I think I'd put M. Butterfly and Enemy firmly above this one. It treads similar ground, but there's a nice Brazil bureaucratic hell dreamlike quality to it that is quite nice. Eisenberg is great and acts his ass off, but he can't quite touch the fucking strangeness of Irons or the nuances of Gyllenhaal.
Rated 14 Jan 2015
46
23rd
a pitfall when making a film about someone's grey and empty life is that it's easy for the film to get pretty damn boring. And lo it came to pass....
Rated 05 Aug 2017
70
69th
An excellent double performance by Eisenberg and a psychedelic, almost dreamlike atmosphere make for a trippy and interesting movie.
Rated 10 Jul 2015
75
59th
Saw this at an early screening. It was pretty fun and was great and I like Richard Ayoade's directing. It shows less of his influences in directors and more in terms of film style. I could smell Brazil everywhere in this film
Rated 10 Jul 2014
69
61st
ayoade succeeds in creating that bleak "orwellian" dystopic atmosphere, and i could swear those office booths are taken right out of gilliams "brazil". however, it's way more humoristic and ends on a completely different note than the dostoevsky novel, which made the material rather entertaining than actually thought provoking. jesse eisenberg didn't help much either. he might be a fitting choice for awkward loser, but you most likely won't buy into his winner-alter ego. at least i didn't.
Rated 19 Apr 2015
42
5th
What we have here is a big ole pile of stinking turds with even more turds atop that pile. The sad part is that the film makers don't even perform the courtesy of flushing the fragrant mountain of shit down the crapper at the end of the day. :(
Rated 26 Jul 2023
75
41st
Very easy to be immersed by it's self reflection and ode to several cinematic influences. Great watch.
Rated 26 Jun 2014
87
29th
1255: too symbolic for drama, too noir for comedy!
Rated 18 Jun 2015
60
26th
Loved the atmosphere, which was oppressive, strange, and isolating. That said, I struggled to connect with the story, despite my familiarity with the source material. I could get what was going on, I just had a hard time caring--which I think is connected to the film's getting less and less funny as the film went on--it's quirky, off-kilter black comedy in its early moments struggles to survive the increasingly tense situation.
Rated 24 Oct 2014
20
37th
Pretty yawn-inducing till it's halfway through, then gets a bit interesting for a while before it finally loses the steam again.
Rated 16 Nov 2014
65
50th
Nice to see I'm not the only one who owns the Criterion DVD set of "Brazil".

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