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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.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
February 7, 2012
Knightley gives a fair performance but lumbers herself with a distracting accent, and her gurning in the early scenes may be too much for some to bear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 20, 2012
The true story is extraordinary; the film is not, although the actors are all fine.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 20, 2012
Like psychoanalysis, "A Dangerous Method" takes its time as it circles an opening to unexplored depths.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
January 13, 2012
A Dangerous Method is a suave chamber piece: a series of glimpses of two 20th-century intellectual titans, in friendship and separation, and the story of a remarkable woman who history had swallowed up, brought into the light again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 12, 2012
Cronenberg has reached the stage of his career where he doesn't feel it necessary to pander to expectations. Instead he seeks to engage us, and he succeeds.
| Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 7, 2012
Knightley's portrayal is feral and unsettling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 6, 2012
A Dangerous Method is well cast with Michael Fassbender as a pent-up Jung and Viggo Mortensen as Freud. Keira Knightley​ inhabits the fits and fury of Spielrein.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 5, 2012
This is a freaky thing to behold: Knightley's wildly physical rendering of a mentally unbalanced soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
January 5, 2012
A Dangerous Method barely nudges the freak-o-meter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 30, 2011
Pivots as much on political gamesmanship and intellectual dominance as sadomasochistic urges and infidelity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 22, 2011
It might feel almost too quiet, if not for Knightley's manic, borderline-over-the-top depiction of mental illness; she's unafraid to deploy an almost comic, grimacing underbite and a desperate, unfettered sense of panic.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 22, 2011
"A Dangerous Method'' begins where other films hope to culminate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 21, 2011
Whatever the elements, Cronenberg has made a good movie from them, with outstanding performances by Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 16, 2011
Perhaps Cronenberg's most transgressive movie yet, one in which ideas - rather than their fetishistic signifiers - possess more energy and verve than the most calculated shock effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 15, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 15, 2011
This is a movie with too much talk and not enough sensation.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 15, 2011
A satisfying drama of historical speculation, substantially researched and shrewdly dramatized...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 15, 2011
Using a dialogue-heavy approach that's unusual for Cronenberg, his film is skilled at the way it weaves theory with the inner lives of its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
November 25, 2011
It's a fiercely thoughtful film, a movie of ideas that understands how powerful ideas can be.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
November 23, 2011
The harder you look at it, the wilder, and more disturbing, and more moving, it becomes.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
November 23, 2011
David Cronenberg's career-long fascination with matters of the mind manifests itself in compelling but determinedly non-mind-bending fashion.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 23, 2011
Knightley's performance calms down eventually, and a good thing, too. If she maintained that early pace, she would have burned up the couch and herself along with it.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Robert Levin
The Atlantic
November 23, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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November 23, 2011
A Dangerous Method didn't have to be another Naked Lunch, but Freud plus Jung plus Cronenburg should have equaled something a little more dissonant and troubling.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 23, 2011
"A Dangerous Method'' presents a vivid portrait of pre-World War I Europe that's at a considerable remove from the types of madness usually seen in Cronenberg's films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 23, 2011
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
November 22, 2011
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and a prestige piece is just a well-intentioned bore.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 22, 2011
If the movie falls just shy of our highest mark, this is because Cronenberg is tamping down on his usually naturalistic performances -- everything feels vaguely mad-scientist-ish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 22, 2011
It's fascinating to see the exceptionally charismatic Fassbender squeeze himself into the role of the aristocratic, restrained Jung, and it's just as enjoyable to see Mortensen bring an unexpected virility to his sybaritic, cigar-chomping Freud.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
November 22, 2011
As cataclysmic as it is, this historically scrupulous science-fiction romance concerning the discovery of the unconscious mind might have been titled War of the Worlds or The Beast From 5,000 Fathoms.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
November 22, 2011
Knightley makes a lovely lover for Carl. If Sabina is a vampire, then she's Edward Cullen, the creature who knows too much, to his Bella Swan, naive but game for a toxic twilight romp.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 22, 2011
Spitting and stammering, clawing and convulsing, her jaw jutting forward and her eyes popping out of her head, Keira Knightley is a frightening force of nature in A Dangerous Method.
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
November 22, 2011
As a biographical film, Method gives real insight to its subjects, especially Jung.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
November 22, 2011
Cronenberg has made a wholly satisfying case study, but not quite enough of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 22, 2011
"A Dangerous Method" is full of ideas about sexuality - some quite provocative, even a century after their first articulation - but it also recognizes and communicates the erotic power of ideas.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 22, 2011
The only truly dangerous element here belongs to Keira Knightley, who dares to offer the most off-putting performance of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 22, 2011
As Freud, who believes the basis of all insanity is sexual repression, and Jung, who is monogamous and resistant to such extremist views, the miscast male stars are bland as dust and look like a box of Smith Brothers cough drops.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 21, 2011
The actors give it their all, especially Knightley, whose jaw- jutting, heavily accented and unfairly criticized portrayal gives this erotic mind-bender its fighting spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 26, 2011
Like every director, Cronenberg has made boring movies before (M. Butterfly, Naked Lunch), but he's never made one this crushingly dull and anonymous.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 10, 2011
It's a handsome and stimulating film, noteworthy more for its terrific acting and provocative ideas than for any kind of dark Cronenbergundian genius.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 9, 2011
Mr. Fassbender is entirely persuasive, not to mention extremely attractive, and Mr. Mortensen is intriguingly nuanced.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
September 2, 2011
Precise, lucid and thrillingly disciplined, this story of boundary-testing in the early days of psychoanalysis is brought to vivid life by the outstanding lead performances of Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender.