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A Dangerous Method Reviews

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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
MovieFIX
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
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 24, 2012
The sexuality of the Spielrein character - who takes centre stage for much of the film - tips the balance in the fight for our attention and interest
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
March 24, 2012
Sex is the subject matter of David Cronenberg's riveting depiction of the relationship between Jung and Freud, although it is words, not passion that bring the sizzle
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
March 23, 2012
Cronenberg spares us few of the gory details of the patient who brought the two fathers of psychoanalysis together and helped tear them apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
February 20, 2012
The birth of psychoanalysis might seem to be a dry subject for a 21st-century movie, but director David Cronenberg and writer Christopher Hampton ... force us to think again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo
February 17, 2012
An artfully composed portrait of intellectual one-upmanship.
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
February 15, 2012
A Dangerous Method features three potentially fine central performances, but each one is undermined by the weight of some often heavy duty dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
February 14, 2012
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.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 13, 2012
...a cold, hopelessly uninteresting endeavor that marks an obvious low point within Cronenberg's uneven filmography.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Philip French
Observer (UK)
February 11, 2012
[An] engrossing and thought-provoking drama...
David Sexton
London Evening Standard
February 10, 2012
Keira can act! She really can.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
February 9, 2012
When you start to feel nostalgic for the late Ken Russell, you know something is wrong . . . 
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
February 9, 2012
Cronenberg dissects the early days of psychoanalysis here in a precisely plotted, superficially genteel costume drama, but one in which eruptions of kinky violence are never far off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
February 9, 2012
Cronenberg has created a drama of male hysterics with no interest in diagnosing their own condition - perhaps the career of each is a continuous, elaborate symptom.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 9, 2012
Although the performances are exquisite, they still require undivided attention to grasp the concepts and stop the interest from waning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan Crocker
Little White Lies
February 9, 2012
Infinitely assured moviemaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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