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  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    This is a breakthrough star performance from a terrific actor getting a chance to let it rip. show more

  • 50
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    Even if it means blowing more than half the budget on animal wranglers, any movie that profiles Saddam Hussein's eldest son and Iraqi psychopath Uday Hussein is incomplete without the presence of his personal zoo. It's like filming a Michael Jackson biopic and leaving out the chimp, Ferris wheel and kid who played "Webster." show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The movie isn't deep, or particularly intricate; it doesn't play all that much with the potential for mistaken identities, and the cruelty it depicts becomes repetitive or, worse still, desensitizing. But The Devil's Double does give us indelible images of Uday's decadence - the filmmakers say they're understated - and a double dip of dazzling acting. show more

  • 50
    David Hiltbrand Philadelphia Inquirer

    This is a straight-up gangsta film, yo. Spare us the phony redemption. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Dominic Cooper gives a riveting dual performance in The Devil's Double, but the movie is a relentless one-note drama that loses its momentum halfway through. show more

  • 60
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Undeniably fascinating as a visit to a world you'd never have wanted to have come near in real life -- that of the Hussein family's inner sanctum -- the film falls crucially short by not providing a window into the mind of the man who was coerced into acting as his double. show more

  • 70
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    As it is, The Devil's Double, a handsome and occasionally dazzling thriller with at least one dynamo performance from its star, is ultimately dominated by its style. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie is above all entertaining, if you enjoy human grotesquerie and flamboyant acting. Let's face it: Many of us do. There's a reason Hannibal Lecter remains the most popular villain in the movies. show more

  • 75
    Jennie Punter The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    New Zealand-born director Lee Tamahori (Once Were Warriors, Die Another Day) avoids biopic tropes, filling the screen with the jolts of a violent thriller and exploiting the few comic possibilities. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel

    The ending smacks of Hollywood rewriting of history. But The Devil's Double shows the political consequences of Uday's misdeeds, the delicate negotiations that keep the people with grievances in line. And Dominic Cooper delivers a career-making performance. show more

  • December 01, 2011 wo00000000107498
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    One of the best films this year.

  • November 22, 2011 camnibus
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    Scarface set in the desert, but pretty entertaining. Take the \"based on a true story\" part with a DOT size grain of salt,

  • November 18, 2011 joe-joe
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    This might be my favorite film of the year. Dominic Cooper hopefully willl get an Oscar nod as he really deserves it. I really thought I was watching two different people. He did an excellent job. Due to movie time you could tell a good part of the storywas missing but you get the overall essence of Saddam\'s son Uday and his double Latif Yahia life. The subject matter may turn many off but I would recommend seeing it.

  • September 16, 2011 arabito2
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    Certainly a must see, Dominic Cooper played an excellent role for both characters, sheds great light on the atrocity that once existed. Some may argue that it may have a touch of Hollywood spices, I would say that this isn\'t a documentary, so it doesn\'t hurt to add a little flavor. One of the best movies for 2011, definitely underrated, and deserves much more exposure than what it got...

  • September 03, 2011 TBDB412
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    Where the heck is it showing????? We\'ve been waiting for this film and cannot find it anywhere! If it\'s out there... I have no idea where, if it\'s only released in 2 or 3 theaters... why bother? It will probably go directly to DVD.

  • August 06, 2011 jpewther
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    A wild ride through Saddam\'s decadent Baghdad, and a good story too. 4 1/2 stars.

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