“This Film Is A Directors Vision On A Heavy Subject Matter That Showcases The Conflict Of Two Leading Psychiatrists.”
“Sometimes Things Are Just Too Good To Be True. A Dangerous Method Proves That. It Had The Perfect Actors, Director, And Story. In The End, It Just Never Adds Up To Your Expectations.”
“Freudian & Jungian Dialogue Are Among The Film's Pleasures”
"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
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.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
It's a handsome and stimulating film, noteworthy more for its terrific acting and provocative ideas than for any kind of dark Cronenbergundian genius.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
It's a fiercely thoughtful film, a movie of ideas that understands how powerful ideas can be.
Dana Stevens - Slate
Knightley's portrayal is feral and unsettling.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
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.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
Spitting and stammering, clawing and convulsing, her jaw jutting forward and her eyes popping out of her head, Keira Knightley is a frightening force of nature in A Dangerous Method.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Knightley makes a lovely lover for Carl. If Sabina is a vampire, then she's Edward Cullen, the creature who knows too much, to his Bella Swan, naive but game for a toxic twilight romp.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
The actors give it their all, especially Knightley, whose jaw- jutting, heavily accented and unfairly criticized portrayal gives this erotic mind-bender its fighting spirit.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
It's fascinating to see the exceptionally charismatic Fassbender squeeze himself into the role of the aristocratic, restrained Jung, and it's just as enjoyable to see Mortensen bring an unexpected virility to his sybaritic, cigar-chomping Freud.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
"A Dangerous Method" is a deeply political cautionary tale from a staunch atheist about the price of conformity and repression.
Martin Tsai - Critic's Notebook
These characters' big brains can never quite control their unruly bodies, and when the sex finally erupts, it's like something from one of the Canadian filmmaker's early creature features.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
It makes for an absorbing drama and leaves the mustiness of cigars in the theatre.
David Thomson - The New Republic
There are some plays that are meant to remain on the stage. This is one of them.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
A Dangerous Method is beautifully crafted and abundant with subtext but it's also sterile, dramatically turgid and at times, kind of a drag.
Kristal Cooper - We Got This Covered
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.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
Cronenberg doesn't go in for any exploding heads this time, but the surging emotions and heady ideas on display in his adaptation of Christopher Hampton's play The Talking Cure are equally combustible.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Exploding the era of the costume drama with both its style and its ideas, David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method pushes repression to its breaking point at every turn
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
For Cronenberg fans who didn't desert him after he stopped blowing up heads and started exploring them, it's yet another intensely calibrated portrait of repression and expression.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Cronenberg's comments are largely constrained to the subtle placement of his actors in the frame, to suggest the ever shifting power dynamic between the characters, who form a kind of love triangle.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Fassbender provides a solid tortured performance alongside stand-out support from Mortensen; unfortunately the film hinges on the Sabina character that in Knightly's hands lacked the necessary punch to elevate this film.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
...Knightley's histrionic performance verges on the embarrassing.
Matt Glasby - Flicks.co.nz
is remarkably restrained, sometimes to a fault. In fact, there are no obvious visual Cronenberg flourishes, and maybe some surrealistic touches might have upped the ante a little.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Its eye for detail makes things so real and worthy of a work of scholarship.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
It's little more than repetitious conversation - conversation that uncovers little new or titillating on the topics of sex, madness or the process of psychoanalysis.
Tom Clift - Moviedex
A Dangerous Method is masterful filmmaking on all levels, but alas, it also leaves you dreaming that Fassbender and Mortensen will return to these roles in a more focused story on the fathers of psychoanalysis.
Alice Tynan - The Vine
For the sake of your own mental health A Dangerous Method should be avoided, but the Cronenberg curious might want to endure it to prevent any onset of mania.
Cameron Williams - The Popcorn Junkie
While the moments of psycho-sexual interplay allows Cronenberg to indulge in his obsession with the kinky, the Canadian auteur shows a surprising restraint that his own written works don't have.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
IF you're up for some solid intellectual stimulation and don't mind having to work hard for it, this one will really give you something to discuss with friends afterwards.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
While very much a dialogue-heavy historical film, all the recognisable elements of Cronenberg's preoccupations can be found in A Dangerous Method.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
The film is understandably talky, but there was enough passion and drama in it to hold my attention. It is a good primer on psychoanalysis.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Both Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen are impressive, but the film belongs to Keira Knightley, who gives a quite astonishing performance, one modelled closely on existing film of women patients who suffered from this kind of hysteria.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
All in all, this film is impressive: the attention to detail in the costuming is wonderful, the lighting is brilliant, and the cinematography is gorgeous.
Richelle Jackson - MovieFIX
Restraint is not something we've come to expect from David Cronenberg. Yet here, the Canadian sticks with his more measured tone of late.
Ed Gibbs - The Sunday Age
The sexuality of the Spielrein character - who takes centre stage for much of the film - tips the balance in the fight for our attention and interest
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Sex is the subject matter of David Cronenberg's riveting depiction of the relationship between Jung and Freud, although it is words, not passion that bring the sizzle
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Cronenberg spares us few of the gory details of the patient who brought the two fathers of psychoanalysis together and helped tear them apart.
The birth of psychoanalysis might seem to be a dry subject for a 21st-century movie, but director David Cronenberg and writer Christopher Hampton ... force us to think again.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
An artfully composed portrait of intellectual one-upmanship.
Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo
A Dangerous Method features three potentially fine central performances, but each one is undermined by the weight of some often heavy duty dialogue.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
In one scene, Freud turns to Jung and says, "do you realise we've been talking for 13 hours?". He could just as easily be referring to the film itself.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
...a cold, hopelessly uninteresting endeavor that marks an obvious low point within Cronenberg's uneven filmography.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
[An] engrossing and thought-provoking drama...
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Keira can act! She really can.
David Sexton - This is London
When you start to feel nostalgic for the late Ken Russell, you know something is wrong . . .
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Cronenberg dissects the early days of psychoanalysis here in a precisely plotted, superficially genteel costume drama, but one in which eruptions of kinky violence are never far off.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Cronenberg has created a drama of male hysterics with no interest in diagnosing their own condition - perhaps the career of each is a continuous, elaborate symptom.
Although the performances are exquisite, they still require undivided attention to grasp the concepts and stop the interest from waning.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
Infinitely assured moviemaking.
Jonathan Crocker - Little White Lies
An oddity, but a very watchable oddity, this makes for essential viewing for Cronenberg enthusiasts and surprising viewing for those expecting a conventional period piece.
Ultimately, there's no danger of being deeply moved by this film - it's just a tantalising glimpse of part of what makes us human.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
It is Knightley who walks away with the film, delivering her best work since Never Let Me Go as a live wire hysteric...
Rob Daniel - Sky Movies
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.
Dave Calhoun - Time Out
It never really gets under the skin in the way Cronenberg does at his best.
William Thomas - Empire Magazine
Worthy performances. Yes. But it's just not enough. My analysis Drs. Freud and Jung: your patients and students just won't care.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
At its core, there's a provocative story lurking here about the delicate and fragile dividing lines between mind, body and soul.
Damon Wise - Radio Times
Isn't likely to entirely appeal to Cronenberg's core fans (whatever that is at this point), but it's a richly rewarding -- and sometimes disturbing -- film in its own right.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
The talky emphasis may alienate, but Cronenberg's psychoanalysis session offers wry writing, elegant direction and fine leads.
Kevin Harley - Total Film
For all its strengths, A Dangerous Method never becomes much more than a pleasant watch, with its studied formalism preventing viewers from ever truly connecting to these characters' situations.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Strong performances from Fassbender and Mortensen aren't enough to help Cronenberg's techically sound by overly talky film.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
The doctors become heralds of a savage century in which unconscious urges find such destructive expression that even kids who've barely heard of Freud can identify bombs and missiles as phallic symbols.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"A Dangerous Method" makes a ... journey from lunacy to intense and compelling and is surprisingly entertaining as it does.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The repressed passion of the main character is all too representative of this repressed movie.
Rich Heldenfels - Akron Beacon Journal
It is (Keira) Knightley who is the firebrand that grabs you and compels you to watch. Even during the times she is off the screen, she is in your head.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
A delightful juxtaposition of intellectual and carnal impulses, like watching dry history from old textbooks brought to vivid, neurotic life.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Splendid performances by Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen highlight David Cronenberg's terrific take on Jung and Freud the early years.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
The pleasure of Cronenberg's movie is hearing these characters speak so eloquently on the subject of sex, and watching actors raise their game a bit for it... A Dangerous Method is a movie believing the most formidable sex organ really is the brain.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
Director David Cronenberg is almost always compelling. Many of his movies have potent, startling shock. But A Dangerous Method doesn't shock; it nags.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
But what makes it such a compelling film isn't its accuracy, but its measure of the human toll exacted on those who are the first to venture into a new scientific and medical frontier.
Mathew DeKinder - Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Like psychoanalysis, "A Dangerous Method" takes its time as it circles an opening to unexplored depths.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
David Cronenberg goes Merchant-Ivory. Or maybe it's Last Tango in Switzerland ... As an examination of psyche and desire, A Dangerous Method is smart and sophisticated stuff. As drama it fails.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
I think I know less about psychoanalysis now than I did before going into the cinema.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Cronenberg's clinical approach to Hampton's too on-the-nose dialogue makes for a very static drama; it's as if the filmmaker is much more comfortable dealing with eroticism as subtext than text.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
a mostly fascinating character study and depiction of the compelling power of ideas
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Scenes built on line after line of historically accurate but awkward, overly mannered dialogue distract and eventually grate.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
A Dangerous Method simply feels rushed and incomplete, a CliffsNotes version of events where a novel was required.
Ian Buckwalter - DCist
In truth, Mortensen has a far more intimate and palpably emotional relationship with Freud's omnipresent cigar than he does with Fassbinder's Jung
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
It's a movie of ideas, but there aren't nearly enough of them.
Sam Adams - Philadelphia City Paper
A Dangerous Method barely nudges the freak-o-meter.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Trouble is, Freud and Jung's meeting of the minds is never quite as compelling as the collision of the two bodies back in Zurich.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Like Knightley's performance, it's not entirely successful but it's always compelling.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
It's a period piece about the origins of psychoanalysis and the sexual confusions of its progenitors that is eloquent and handsomely made, if never quite revelatory.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
Are you ready for some "Sexual Healing," David Cronenberg-style?
James Verniere - Boston Herald
That it's a Cronenberg film means that it's precise, smart, crisp, intelligent and daring: you know, good.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
It might feel almost too quiet, if not for Knightley's manic, borderline-over-the-top depiction of mental illness; she's unafraid to deploy an almost comic, grimacing underbite and a desperate, unfettered sense of panic.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Knightley's performance is effective precisely because it is so unpredictable and alienating; she single-handedly turns the movie as a whole into a deranged chamber piece.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
[Contains] ineffable moments of beauty and emotion, some drawing on Cronenberg's previous themes and images, and all partaking of the chaos of the human soul, which no analytical method can contain.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
What could have been, and should have been, an electrifying subject matter, has been ground down to a laborious exercise in pseudo psychoanalysis.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Easily the masterful director's most straightforward work in some time (possibly ever), this is a worthwhile piece that nonetheless disappoints in the context of the rest of his filmography.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Director David Cronenberg has done nothing to vividly bring this story to life. He sets his actors adrift and hopes for the best. The best never comes.
When at one point Jung spanks his patient, you may completely miss the erotic content and simply think what I thought - that somebody, finally, was punishing Knightley for this performance.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Perfectly acted sex, lies and conversation.
Matt Pais - RedEye
An intelligent historical speculation that captures the spirit and potential destruction of discovery.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Mirrors its title in being--like all of Cronenberg's work--superbly methodical, but also captures the dangerous undercurrents implicit in the understanding of man that Freud and Jung were instrumental in creating.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
...for the film buffs, it is a must see - especially for Knightley's powerful performance.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Even when wading most deeply into contortions of human flesh, Cronenberg considers the psychological aspects and so "A Dangerous Method" continues his themes, embodied most fully in Keira Knightley's edgy performance
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Originally called "The Talking Cure," that title was a misnomer ... and better suited to the sequel that might hopefully remedy this verbose exercise.
Kimberly Gadette - Doddle
Never quite the psychosexual barnburner that typically emerges from Cronenberg's vast appetite for disease, but it remains something unnerving, getting under the skin, hitting a few remarkable notes of thorny human behavior.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Even with the spanking, this is a bit of a bore.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
However, the excellent performances count for a great deal, and the conversations are exceedingly intelligent, offering up provocative arguments on sex, the ego, and the concept of destiny.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
A dispassionate film that left me cold.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
With phenomenal performances from Knightley, Fassbender and Mortensen, and a rich and complex script, there is a depth and power to this terrific feature.
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
The acting is worth the price of admission. Mortensen gives a remarkably pleasing performance as Freud, and Fassbender is a satisfying Jung.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
The film snails along as a high-minded discourse that doesn't know when to shut up.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Anybody can rip off the corset. Shred it and turn it into a new article of clothing entirely? That's how you take it to the next level.
Dave White - Movies.com
Cronenberg continues being fascinating as a director showing you things you weren't sure you wanted to see but will not soon forget.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
A Dangerous Method will feel like Cronenberg in a corset. The director sticks so close to the documented facts that there is little room to breathe, making for a smart film that feels a bit too literary.
Radheyan Simonpillai - AskMen.com
Low-key and curiously cerebral, perhaps too underwhelming to attract much of an audience
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
The charisma of the actors . . . helps communicate escalating tensions in changing relationships . . . in the hothouse of the freeing force of the unconscious.
Nora Lee Mandel - Film-Forward.com
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.
Mark Jenkins - NPR
Most of this talky film just feels like a debate between two experts, trying to answer a question few of us had asked. When the real question is, Where's David Cronenberg?
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
A kinky undercurrent of sadomasochism certainly doesn't hurt in preventing the film from slipping into the stodgy bio-pic abyss.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
It takes some getting used to, as we don't often see films that are so dependent on dialogue to express relationships. But if you avoid it because you don't like "talky" dramas you will miss some of the finest performances of the year.
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
Knightley's performance calms down eventually, and a good thing, too. If she maintained that early pace, she would have burned up the couch and herself along with it.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
While "A Dangerous Method" is handsomely-produced and -designed, what should have been an intriguing story fell pretty flat for me. Cronenberg directs with no particular flair.
Fr. Chris Carpenter - Movie Dearest
Fassbender's transformation from a young idealist to a haunted, cynical veteran is sharply observed.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
...a deftly handled historical drama in which the darkest demons are hauled out on stage for all to evaluate.
Chris Barsanti - Filmcritic.com
It's a smart study of the root causes of destructive human behavior, but there's a flat quality to the dark impulses on display.
Robert Levin - The Atlantic
A cerebral trip with Jung and Freud, sex and cigars, the talking cure and adventures beyond.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Cronenberg delivers a cold, clinical and at times stagebound film in A Dangerous Method, but it's one that will nevertheless keep you thinking about it long afterward.
Jim Vejvoda - IGN Movies
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and a prestige piece is just a well-intentioned bore.
If the movie falls just shy of our highest mark, this is because Cronenberg is tamping down on his usually naturalistic performances -- everything feels vaguely mad-scientist-ish.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
Restraint is generally not a word used to describe David Cronenberg's films, but it is the guiding factor behind A Dangerous Method.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
Caring more about the journey than the destination (neither of which are particularly interesting), the film is ultimately nothing more than a Freudian slip-up.
Dan Kaufman - Paste Magazine
Cronenberg has made a wholly satisfying case study, but not quite enough of a movie.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
David Cronenberg's take on the relationship between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jungis not just a fascinating look back at the developments of psychotherapy, but very much a remarkable love story, one between two men and the woman who drove them apart.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
Probably the most fun you'll ever have watching a movie about Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud duking it out - and nurturing a deep-rooted but fragile friendship - in early 20th century Austria and Switzerland.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
A David Cronenberg movie about Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung isn't nearly as kinky as you'd think. It's more of an early 1900s "Fatal Attraction" - albeit an extremely literate one.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Has sexy Freudian and Jungian dialogue.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
A Dangerous Method is one of the best dramas I have seen all year.
Staci Layne Wilson - Buzzine Magazine
A Dangerous Method is probably the tamest film David Cronenberg will ever make, but it is nevertheless worthy as a well-acted skewering of overreaching psychology.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
Like every director, Cronenberg has made boring movies before (M. Butterfly, Naked Lunch), but he's never made one this crushingly dull and anonymous.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Sharply written and superbly directed, this is an engaging and thought-provoking drama with terrific performances from all three leads, though it runs out of steam a little in the middle section and the climax is underwhelming.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
The film radiates intelligence through clever direction and strong performances.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Here is a director talking about a subject he's covered many times before in a totally new way.
Matt Singer - IFC.com
[VIDEO] a lush character study and history lesson that tenaciously explores the personal conflicts of ego and id between Jung and Freud.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
David Cronenberg's focus remains, as always, on issues of mind/body invasion, corruption, and rebirth.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
It unfolds as a loquacious essay on the origins of psychoanalysis -- enlivened by some wry repartee from Viggo Mortensen, who steals every scene as Sigmund Freud, and gets more mileage out of a cigar than anyone since Groucho Marx.
To say A Dangerous Method is a David Cronenberg misfire is an understatement but not the end of the world. I applaud him for trying something new even if the end result is dead on arrival.
Marco Cerritos - Film School Rejects
A Dangerous Method feels drained of meaning and artistic intent.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
On some level, A Dangerous Method is Cronenberg's first out-and-out comedy...
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
If it has a tendency to explicitly state its own themes, the film nevertheless unsettles with its lucid visions of release and repression
Fernando F. Croce - House Next Door
For all its formal restraint, the film is just as subversive and as disquieting as predecessors such as Crash and The Naked Lunch.
Geoffrey Macnab - Independent
Poised for the sort of surprised, congratulatory attention Cronenberg enjoyed for his relatively restrained The History of Violence, with the true-ish historical heft adding to the film's cache.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo - Boxoffice Magazine
Finds Cronenberg working in startlingly generic period piece mode, without a hint of the dread and weird fascination that usually permeates even his weaker films.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
It's Knightley that one remembers, for a full-on portrayal that is gutsy and potentially divisive in equal parts.
David Gritten - Daily Telegraph
This psycho-sexual melodrama is a mixed bag, well acted (Oscar-caliber turns by Fassbender and Mortensen) and elegantly shot, but too theatrical and not provocative or unsettling by Cronenberg's standards.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Cronenberg and his actors do their best to show that there is no such thing as normalcy since Jung, Freud and Spielrein, cannot cure themselves any more than they can guarantee to help their patients.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
A Dangerous Mind feels heavy and lugubrious. It is a tale that comes marinated in port and choked on pipe-smoke.