A Dangerous Method Synopsis
Dr. Carl Jung treats Sabina, a beautiful and unbalanced patient, using the methods of Sigmund Freud.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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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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...
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A Dangerous Fiction

By One-in-Many-in-One
Ranks up there with "Holy Smoke" as one of the most unwatchable films,says my grown son. The dialog was bad, the scene selection was bad, the editing was as bad as we've seen in a studio-produced...

BORING movie

By SineWave
Although the theme is supposed to be "sex," and Keira has tried her best in the role, this movie is merely one BORING conversation after another. The sex scenes are barely PG rated. There is not...

A Dangerous Method

By shermnpat
I'm a mental health professional and went to see this with another MH pro and my husband. The movie improved much as it worked itself toward the middle and end. Certainly an unrealistic portrait of...

A Dangerous Method

By subabe
For all of the film's Merchant Ivory production values and imaginative cinematography, the end result was as deeply felt and emotionally wrenching as watching paint dry or sitting still for 109...

A Dangerous Method is Excellent

By rundeep
As a psychotherapist, I felt like I was derelict in not knowing this snippet of our professional history. The movie was very well done and the visuals were luxuriant. Certainly, most of us have...


By ianswan37
I was hoping very much to find this an engaging film. I studio Jung and Freud and was hoping for some sort of compelling story. Instead, I was delivered a three course snoozer. Kiera overacts,...

A Perfect Film

By newbeck
If you're looking for the standard Hollywood conventions that have hijacked the film industry, you won't find them here. This is a beautifully crafted, deep and visually stunning story of the three...

A dangerous method

By Mr Film Freak
While some others went to happy hour right after work I chose to watch a film on Sigmund Freud (Played wonderfully by Viggo Mortensen) and his reluctant protege Carl Jung. A story layered by...

Some Things About Notable Figures Should Remain Unknown.

By Alon Patterson
This was an extraordinarily melancholy film, bursting with angst and "ham-like" over-the-top acting. It wasn't so much so as to be comical though, as that would have been a pleasant relief from what...

Very disappointing

By arthouse_snobbery
I was waiting for this film to come out for some time but once I went to see it, I couldn't wait for it to be over. It was one of those films where you walk in and after the first 10 minutes of...

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Rated R | For Sexual content and brief language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Jung/Freud psychology drama has very strong sexual content.
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