A Dangerous Method
A Dangerous Method (2011)

Seduced by the challenge of an impossible case, the driven Dr. Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) takes the unbalanced yet beautiful Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) as his patient in A Dangerous Method. Jung's weapon is the method of his… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 23, 2011
DVD Release Date: March 27, 2012
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A provocative historical fiction about the early days of psychoanalysis, A Dangerous Method is buoyed by terrific performances by Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, and Viggo Mortensen.

David Thomson
The New Republic

It makes for an absorbing drama and leaves the mustiness of cigars in the theatre.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Like psychoanalysis, "A Dangerous Method" takes its time as it circles an opening to unexplored depths.

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Daniel Kasman

The film shocks with its sheer stateliness, its almost quiet abstraction of tumultuous melodrama.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

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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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

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.

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Richard Porton
Cinema Scope

A Dangerous Method reveals the emotional violence that bubbles below the surface of Hampton's witty repartee.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

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

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

Yasmin Shehab

More a romance and study of power than a history of psychoanalysis, the film manages to be reasonably entertaining and very well acted, though psychology buffs will probably find themselves wishing for more substance to the storyline.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
It is a pity to see this compelling subject told in such a simplistic and bureaucratic way, and so the three characters and their motivations are not really… More
Christian C
The acting is above average, but not great. Even if the story is true, it's still uninspiring -- and frankly, I was bored. The costumes, hair and… More
Letitia Lew
I decided to check this out when the professor mentioned this movie in a lecture for my class on European mysticism and psychoanalysis. Keira Knightley's… More
Cynthia S.
Slow moving, but a good script, excellent performances and beautiful cinematography. An effectively understated portrayal of two of the most dynamic men of the… More
Nicki Marie
I'm with those who felt indifferent to this. Nothing awful to hate, but nothing to think wow, great movie. One off view was more than enough for me.… More
Manu Gino
Based on the true story of Jung, Freud and the patient who came between them. An Ok Film! I really expected more by this movie, I expected more pathos, but… More