• Released
  • November 23, 2011
  • (Limited 11/23)
  • R , 1 hr 39 min
  • Drama
  • 98 Fan Ratings
100

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
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.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Intelligent conversation about the interplay of erotic and destructive urges takes place over cups of tea in fine bone china. Yet the movie is a radically modern story about sex.
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88

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This is the best thing Mortensen's ever done. His slow, paunchy, hairy Freud has a cavalier authority and a capacity for drollery. He's also seductively wise in a way that makes both Fassbender and Knightley, as very good as they are, also seem uncharacteristically callow.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The actors give it their all, especially Knightley, whose jaw- jutting, heavily accented and unfairly criticized portrayal gives the film its fighting spirit.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Represents a big growth spurt in Mr. Cronenberg's career. Its measured pace, along with a style that is sometimes austere (though sometimes anything but) repays close attention with excellent acting and a wealth of absorbing information.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
There's an icy chill, a detachment, to A Dangerous Method, too. Of course, there are no talking cockroaches (Naked Lunch), no naked steambath knife fights (Eastern Promises), and that may have something to do with why this all feels so un-Cronenbergian.
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70

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
The clinical style doesn't play to the director's strengths. 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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63

USA Today

By Scott Bowles
A Dangerous Method has plenty to say about sex, but it lacks much fire for it.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
A Dangerous Method concerns itself primarily with sex, but what's most shocking is how conservative it turns out to be.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Instead we get Knightley, who juts her chin, quakes, shakes and bugs her eyes, but nothing about her pain calls out to us, because nothing in it seems real.
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76 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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