A Dangerous Method is beautifully crafted and abundant with subtext but it's also sterile, dramatically turgid and at times, kind of a drag.
| Original Score: 6/10
There are some plays that are meant to remain on the stage. This is one of them.
| Original Score: 2/4
For the sake of your own mental health A Dangerous Method should be avoided, but the Cronenberg curious might want to endure it to prevent any onset of mania.
| Original Score: 2/5
Caring more about the journey than the destination (neither of which are particularly interesting), the film is ultimately nothing more than a Freudian slip-up.
| Original Score: 6.5/10
It's little more than repetitious conversation - conversation that uncovers little new or titillating on the topics of sex, madness or the process of psychoanalysis.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
In one scene, Freud turns to Jung and says, "do you realise we've been talking for 13 hours?". He could just as easily be referring to the film itself.
The repressed passion of the main character is all too representative of this repressed movie.
A Dangerous Method simply feels rushed and incomplete, a CliffsNotes version of events where a novel was required.
| Original Score: 4.5/10
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and a prestige piece is just a well-intentioned bore.
A dispassionate film that left me cold.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
While "A Dangerous Method" is handsomely-produced and -designed, what should have been an intriguing story fell pretty flat for me. Cronenberg directs with no particular flair.
| Original Score: C+
Strong performances from Fassbender and Mortensen aren't enough to help Cronenberg's techically sound by overly talky film.
Originally called "The Talking Cure," that title was a misnomer ... and better suited to the sequel that might hopefully remedy this verbose exercise.
It's a smart study of the root causes of destructive human behavior, but there's a flat quality to the dark impulses on display.
Director David Cronenberg is almost always compelling. Many of his movies have potent, startling shock. But A Dangerous Method doesn't shock; it nags.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
A Dangerous Method feels drained of meaning and artistic intent.
Worthy performances. Yes. But it's just not enough. My analysis Drs. Freud and Jung: your patients and students just won't care.
| Original Score: 3/5
When you start to feel nostalgic for the late Ken Russell, you know something is wrong . . .
Most of this talky film just feels like a debate between two experts, trying to answer a question few of us had asked. When the real question is, Where's David Cronenberg?
When at one point Jung spanks his patient, you may completely miss the erotic content and simply think what I thought - that somebody, finally, was punishing Knightley for this performance.