A Dangerous Method Reviews

  • "A Dangerous Method" is full of ideas about sexuality - some quite provocative, even a century after their first articulation - but it also recognizes and communicates the erotic power of ideas.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • As a biographical film, Method gives real insight to its subjects, especially Jung.

    Scott Bowles — USA Today

  • Perhaps Cronenberg's most transgressive movie yet, one in which ideas - rather than their fetishistic signifiers - possess more energy and verve than the most calculated shock effect.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • "A Dangerous Method'' begins where other films hope to culminate.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • As cataclysmic as it is, this historically scrupulous science-fiction romance concerning the discovery of the unconscious mind might have been titled War of the Worlds or The Beast From 5,000 Fathoms.

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • The only truly dangerous element here belongs to Keira Knightley, who dares to offer the most off-putting performance of the year.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • Mr. Fassbender is entirely persuasive, not to mention extremely attractive, and Mr. Mortensen is intriguingly nuanced.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • A Dangerous Method is well cast with Michael Fassbender as a pent-up Jung and Viggo Mortensen as Freud. Keira Knightley​ inhabits the fits and fury of Spielrein.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • The harder you look at it, the wilder, and more disturbing, and more moving, it becomes.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • Using a dialogue-heavy approach that's unusual for Cronenberg, his film is skilled at the way it weaves theory with the inner lives of its characters.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • A satisfying drama of historical speculation, substantially researched and shrewdly dramatized...

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • This is a movie with too much talk and not enough sensation.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • This is a freaky thing to behold: Knightley's wildly physical rendering of a mentally unbalanced soul.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Pivots as much on political gamesmanship and intellectual dominance as sadomasochistic urges and infidelity.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

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

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Whatever the elements, Cronenberg has made a good movie from them, with outstanding performances by Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • As Freud, who believes the basis of all insanity is sexual repression, and Jung, who is monogamous and resistant to such extremist views, the miscast male stars are bland as dust and look like a box of Smith Brothers cough drops.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • David Cronenberg's career-long fascination with matters of the mind manifests itself in compelling but determinedly non-mind-bending fashion.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • "A Dangerous Method'' presents a vivid portrait of pre-World War I Europe that's at a considerable remove from the types of madness usually seen in Cronenberg's films.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • 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.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

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