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A Dangerous Method Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
"A Dangerous Method" is a deeply political cautionary tale from a staunch atheist about the price of conformity and repression.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
These characters' big brains can never quite control their unruly bodies, and when the sex finally erupts, it's like something from one of the Canadian filmmaker's early creature features.
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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 20, 2013
It makes for an absorbing drama and leaves the mustiness of cigars in the theatre.
Simon Miraudo
July 30, 2012
While [it] offers up the kind of creepy, carnal delights we usually enjoy in a Cronenberg flick, I found myself more intrigued by the matters of the mind that are more fleetingly addressed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
July 17, 2012
Cronenberg doesn't go in for any exploding heads this time, but the surging emotions and heady ideas on display in his adaptation of Christopher Hampton's play The Talking Cure are equally combustible.
Jeremy Heilman
June 11, 2012
Exploding the era of the costume drama with both its style and its ideas, David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method pushes repression to its breaking point at every turn
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Rob Gonsalves
April 30, 2012
For Cronenberg fans who didn't desert him after he stopped blowing up heads and started exploring them, it's yet another intensely calibrated portrait of repression and expression.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 29, 2012
Cronenberg's comments are largely constrained to the subtle placement of his actors in the frame, to suggest the ever shifting power dynamic between the characters, who form a kind of love triangle.
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
April 26, 2012
Fassbender provides a solid tortured performance alongside stand-out support from Mortensen; unfortunately the film hinges on the Sabina character that in Knightly's hands lacked the necessary punch to elevate this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Glasby
April 26, 2012
...Knightley's histrionic performance verges on the embarrassing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Melin
April 10, 2012
is remarkably restrained, sometimes to a fault. In fact, there are no obvious visual Cronenberg flourishes, and maybe some surrealistic touches might have upped the ante a little.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 9, 2012
Its eye for detail makes things so real and worthy of a work of scholarship.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Alice Tynan
The Vine
April 4, 2012
A Dangerous Method is masterful filmmaking on all levels, but alas, it also leaves you dreaming that Fassbender and Mortensen will return to these roles in a more focused story on the fathers of psychoanalysis.
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
April 2, 2012
While the moments of psycho-sexual interplay allows Cronenberg to indulge in his obsession with the kinky, the Canadian auteur shows a surprising restraint that his own written works don't have.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Martain
The Mercury
April 2, 2012
IF you're up for some solid intellectual stimulation and don't mind having to work hard for it, this one will really give you something to discuss with friends afterwards.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
March 28, 2012
While very much a dialogue-heavy historical film, all the recognisable elements of Cronenberg's preoccupations can be found in A Dangerous Method.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 28, 2012
The film is understandably talky, but there was enough passion and drama in it to hold my attention. It is a good primer on psychoanalysis.
Full Review | Original Score: B
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
March 28, 2012
Both Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen are impressive, but the film belongs to Keira Knightley, who gives a quite astonishing performance, one modelled closely on existing film of women patients who suffered from this kind of hysteria.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Richelle Jackson
March 28, 2012
All in all, this film is impressive: the attention to detail in the costuming is wonderful, the lighting is brilliant, and the cinematography is gorgeous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sunday Age
March 25, 2012
Restraint is not something we've come to expect from David Cronenberg. Yet here, the Canadian sticks with his more measured tone of late.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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