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Irrational Man Reviews

December 31, 2015
Irrational Man is turgid to the point of ridiculousness and absurdly anachronistic ...
September 11, 2015
It could be worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 10, 2015
A whip-smart dramedy about murder and moral purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 19, 2015
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 14, 2015
After a late wobble or two, Irrational Man packs a final, farcical punch that feels just right.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 7, 2015
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 30, 2015
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 ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 30, 2015
In the end, this feeble effort remains tainted, however unfairly, by the creator's personal life. Maybe Allen should have titled it "Rationalizing Man."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 30, 2015
Spending time with "Irrational Man" would not be an irrational choice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 29, 2015
Taken on its own, as a stand-alone dark comedy about existential angst, Irrational Man is a wobbly enterprise. But view it in context, as a Woody Allen film, and the plot thickens.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 24, 2015
Were it not for Stone's chipperness as Jill, the film, smoothly directed as it is, would be a real slog.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 24, 2015
Ostensibly about the theory and practice of ethics, if the existential dramedy Irrational Man weren't so clumsy it could almost be a self-parody.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
July 23, 2015
Provided you don't look too closely, Irrational Man is a film Woody Allen fans will love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 23, 2015
Woody Allen at his most exhausted and self-parodying.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
July 23, 2015
In his 60s stand-up act, Allen joked that he once cheated on a metaphysics exam by looking within the soul of the student sitting next to him; 50 years later he's still at it.
July 23, 2015
Allen builds to a climax that is ridiculous and a comment on ... I don't know. Fate? Folly? There are plenty of both in "Irrational Man," but they're not often a comfortable mix.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 23, 2015
That "Irrational Man" is a sophomoric simulacrum of intellectual discourse reflects the self-deception at the movie's core.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 23, 2015
Allen is no dummy, but he is also not his own best editor or critic. The tone here is all over the place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 23, 2015
A tired exercise in existentialism that apes but doesn't improve upon the writer/director's better work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 22, 2015
The plotting is graceless and the dialogue ham-fisted.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
July 22, 2015
This is another of Allen's films in which characters advance positions rather than embody them. Very little is allowed to be lastingly funny or suspenseful, and the positions themselves don't feel close to the truth.
July 21, 2015
Woody Allen has always repeated the same handful of themes in his films, but now even his repetitions are getting repetitious.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 21, 2015
The energy levels are low, not helped in the early stages by the film being anchored by Phoenix's mumbling, laconic mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 20, 2015
Allen's sketch of the campus owes nothing to observations of real students or teachers; the setting and the setup are living abstractions that the trio of lead actors invest with their own vital whimsy.
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July 17, 2015
Woody Allen's writing is as sharp as his leading character's morality is fuzzy. And if the director is revisiting territory from Crimes and Misdemeanors in spots, he's working some decently amusing variations here.
July 17, 2015
Allen seems genuinely turned on by this crime-and-punishment fantasy and its erotic trappings, and his engagement carries you along.
July 17, 2015
Its obvious weakness, an overall sense of familiarity, is easy to overlook thanks to one of the better casts Allen has assembled in recent years.
July 17, 2015
It is not merely a bad film. It is a collection of notes for a film that never quite evolved to the rough draft stage, much less cohered into a finished movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 16, 2015
A film that goes dark without going deep and keeps you wondering just how personal the title "Irrational Man" is or if it's more of an existential shrug.
July 16, 2015
In its own strange, deliberate way the film does wind up feeling surprising, fresh even, as Allen finds new ways to explore some of his most longstanding preoccupations.
July 16, 2015
It's a Woody Allen film that the next one will make us forget.
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July 16, 2015
Not exactly a write-off, but nothing memorable, either, Irrational Man is a sardonic exercise in cynicism that will most likely appeal to the same pretentious art-house eggheads it's making fun of.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 16, 2015
Though Irrational Man's existentialist moral crisis is mostly hokum, the movie still has a whiff of charm, thanks to a handful of good one-liners, a little misdirection, and Phoenix's off-kilter performance ...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 16, 2015
"Irrational Man" ... just may be the nadir of the 79-year-old director's career.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
July 16, 2015
"Irrational Man" plays, like so much of Woody Allen's work over the past 20 years, like a bad Woody Allen parody.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
July 16, 2015
Allen has crafted a suspenseful mind-teaser that might feel too much like an intellectual exercise if Phoenix and Stone didn't infuse it with such raw humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 15, 2015
Finally, Allen is aware that his May-December romances are preposterous and naive.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 15, 2015
You have the feeling it was directed by a piece of software, programmed to make roughly the same choices as a human being who understood cinema, but without knowing why.
July 15, 2015
Flatly shot and dully told, it's just this year's film in what, for Allen, long ago became an unbreakable annual tradition, a way for our most famous amateur existentialist to somehow validate his own existence.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 2, 2015
Irrational Man is a sour thriller that's played, jarringly, like a brisk comedy, up to a death and through it.
May 22, 2015
As pretentious as it is absurd, the new movie relies on that tired Allen trope: intellectual older man falls in love with beautiful woman half his age, and farce ensues.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
May 15, 2015
Irrational Man can be seen as one of Allen's cleverest films, but even the satisfying tidiness of its ending contributes to the sense that we're watching a simulation rather than a story.
May 15, 2015
It's a tongue-in-cheek mystery which is neither quite scary and serious enough to be suspenseful, nor witty or ironic enough to count as a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 15, 2015
Woody Allen contemplates the perfect murder (again) in a darkly funny, intellectually rigorous campus comedy.