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A Dangerous Method

Released: 10/02/2012 General release
David Cronenberg does Freud? Yes, but banish any thoughts of bodily nastiness à la Videodrome, this is nothing but insightful historical biography. The father of psychoanalysis goes head to head with his one-time cohort Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), as the two men fall helplessly enthrall to a patient (Keira Knightley). For more information visit: http://www.dangerousmethodmovie.co.uk/ Buy: http://www.myvue.com/latest-movies/info/film/a-dangerous-method Watch:
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Evening Standard“A largely inert, stuffed shirt of a film...” Worth seeing for Keira, though. The idea that she is currently filming Anna Karenina had seemed a bit ridiculous. Not after this...
 
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Film4“Its imperfections are grist to the mill of its appeal...” 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...
 
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The Telegraph“Feels like an advert for buttoned-down restraint...” Spotlessly organised, it’s an exercise the director knows he can pull off without breaking a sweat. Are we allowed to prefer him sweaty?
 
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The Independent“An earnest, sombre and pretty stifling picture...” Mortensen, a charismatic lead in Cronenberg's previous two outings, A History of Violence and Eastern Promises, carries himself magnificently here, but he's stuck in a filmed play whose relentless talkiness never translates into drama...
 
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Guardian“This is a cool, measured, loquacious film...” ...even its sexual adventures are shown with a clinical detachment, and there is a droll undercurrent of black comedy...
 
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Little White Lies“Infinitely assured moviemaking...” Never exactly thrilling but never dull, A Dangerous Method is perhaps a film of too much precision. Still, it’s enlivened by a leading duo who give everything by holding back...
 
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Empire“Intelligent, informative - but ever so slightly dull...” Despite a top-notch cast performing well, and bravely in the case of Knightley, this is an austere, somewhat repressed movie. It never really gets under the skin in the way Cronenberg does at his best...
 
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Total Film “Intellectual sparks fly...” Although some still uphold his rep as the baron of body anarchy, David Cronenberg’s films get under the skin via ideas, not just gore. So it is with this well-upholstered chamber drama about Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung...
 
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Radio Times“Deceptively intelligent and sexually charged chamber piece...” At its core, there's a provocative story lurking here about the delicate and fragile dividing lines between mind, body and soul...
 
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Time Out“Conservative and talky...” The most compelling scenes are those between Mortensen and Fassbender, while 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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