A Dangerous Method
A Dangerous Method (2011)

Seduced by the challenge of an impossible case, the driven Dr. Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) takes the unbalanced yet beautiful Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) as his patient in A Dangerous Method. Jung's weapon is the method of his… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 27, 2012
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A provocative historical fiction about the early days of psychoanalysis, A Dangerous Method is buoyed by terrific performances by Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, and Viggo Mortensen.

David Thomson
The New Republic

It makes for an absorbing drama and leaves the mustiness of cigars in the theatre.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Like psychoanalysis, "A Dangerous Method" takes its time as it circles an opening to unexplored depths.

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Jeff Beck

There are some plays that are meant to remain on the stage. This is one of them.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

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.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

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.

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Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered

A Dangerous Method is beautifully crafted and abundant with subtext but it's also sterile, dramatically turgid and at times, kind of a drag.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

The true story is extraordinary; the film is not, although the actors are all fine.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Simon Miraudo

While [it] offers up the kind of creepy, carnal delights we usually enjoy in a Cronenberg flick, I found myself more intrigued by the matters of the mind that are more fleetingly addressed.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Letitia Lew
I decided to check this out when the professor mentioned this movie in a lecture for my class on European mysticism and psychoanalysis. Keira Knightley's… More
Cynthia S.
Slow moving, but a good script, excellent performances and beautiful cinematography. An effectively understated portrayal of two of the most dynamic men of the… More
Nicki Marie
I'm with those who felt indifferent to this. Nothing awful to hate, but nothing to think wow, great movie. One off view was more than enough for me.… More
Manu Gino
Based on the true story of Jung, Freud and the patient who came between them. An Ok Film! I really expected more by this movie, I expected more pathos, but… More
Christian C
The acting is above average, but not great. Even if the story is true, it's still uninspiring -- and frankly, I was bored. The costumes, hair and… More
paul sandberg
Taking place in the decade leading up to WWI, this period piece/historical fiction is as standoffish and mannered as the era it represents. Director David… More