Irrational Man


Irrational Man

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Irrational Man may prove rewarding for the most ardent Joaquin Phoenix fans or Woody Allen apologists, but all others most likely need not apply.



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When a burned-out, brilliant professor - one who believes in lessons from life rather than textbooks - takes a job at a small college, everyone there is abuzz. He becomes involved with a teacher as well as a precocious student, but it takes a dramatic, existential act to turn his life around and make him see the world through a much rosier and more positive perspective.

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Tom Kemp
as Judge Spangler
Nancy Carroll
as Professor #2
Tamara Hickey
as Ms. Leonard
Elaine Victoria Grey
as Cafe Mother with Son/Neighbor
Allie Marshall
as Girl in Red Shirt at Party
Terry Conforti
as Faculty Member
Ronald Chez
as Professor in Cafeteria #1
Lino Tanaka
as Park Goer
Mark Burzenski
as Man Crossing Street
Eva Senerchia
as Girl at Amusement Park
Haley Pine
as Girl at Amusement Park
Abby Rain Heiser
as Girl in Amusement Park
Jonah Coppolelli
as Boy at Amusement Park
Joseph Oliveira
as Man at the Playground
David Boston
as Passerby in park
Dora Winifred
as Movie Goer
Marely Mercedes
as College Student
Jessica Kent
as Student
Joe Stapleton
as Professor
Amanda Blattner
as Professor
David Pittu
as Professor
Marina Re
as Vendor
Nancy Ellen Shore
as Faculty member
Robert Popa
as College Professor
Betsy Aidem
as Jill's Mother
Allie Gallerani
as Braylin Student #1
Katelyn Semer
as Braylin Student #3
Leah Anderson
as Student Giving Directions
Paula Plum
as College Student
Nancy Giles
as President's Assistant
Henry Stram
as Cocktail Party Guest #1
Alex Dunn
as Student in Classroom
Lindsey McWhorter
as April's Friend #3
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Critic Reviews for Irrational Man

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  • Irrational Man is turgid to the point of ridiculousness and absurdly anachronistic ...

    Dec 31, 2015 | Full Review…
  • I know Allen feels compelled to work all the time, but I wish he'd stop for a while and give himself time to think.

    Aug 19, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • After a late wobble or two, Irrational Man packs a final, farcical punch that feels just right.

    Aug 14, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • At the age of 79, Woody Allen is still a formidable filmmaker ("Blue Jasmine" was just two years ago). But he is also, inevitably, Woody Allen.

    Aug 7, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • It works, more or less; the three central actors are all terrific, particularly Posey, who finds something vulnerable and touching in Rita. But you watch it thinking of other, better Allen movies ...

    Jul 30, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • In the end, this feeble effort remains tainted, however unfairly, by the creator's personal life. Maybe Allen should have titled it "Rationalizing Man."

    Jul 30, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Irrational Man


Been meaning to watch this one for a while. Glad I finally got around to it. Nothing terribly new for Woody Allen, but entertaining and Emma Stone is always good.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Woody's fourth conscionable killing movie, and well, it does feel a bit rehashed with the age- and power-inappropriate relationship between the cynical, alluring liberal arts professor and the luminous, self-possessed student. The stakes ARE higher in that Abe premeditates a conscionable killing (*SPOILERS: and then a self-serving one), but the whole movie is a lot of pseudo-philosophical talk interspersed by bland narration and not enough humor and heart ("Crimes and Misdemeanor"), fervent sensuality ("Match Point"), or moral conflict ("Cassandra's Dream"). I would have to say there is more physical violence though, which is interesting for Woody. That nearly silent 10-15 second shot of Jill struggling with Abe in front of the open elevator shaft is awkward and disturbing as hell, and Woody is one of the only directors left who allows the audience to feel such raw, unbroken discomfort.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Allen recycles familiar Dostoyevsky themes already seen in three of his other films - most especially Match Point and Crimes and Misdemeanors -, and despite his heavy-handed direction and an irritating narration, it is curious to see how he tells this darker story with a warm cynicism.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Same old Allen rehash of Crime and Punishment , this time more uneven, trivial; and infinitely less compelling than the previous ones.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

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