A Dangerous Method

100 mins
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David Cronenberg (A History of Violence) directs this true drama based on the turbulent love triangle that developed between two... More

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A Dangerous Method | Ratings & Reviews

"The talky emphasis may alienate, but Cronenberg’s psychoanalysis session offers wry writing, elegant direction and fine leads."

Total FilmTotal Film

"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."

Time OutTime Out

"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."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"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 in it seems real."

San Francisco ChronicleSan Francisco Chronicle

"The actors give it their all, especially Knightley, whose jaw- jutting, heavily accented and unfairly criticized portrayal gives the film its fighting spirit."

Rolling StoneRolling Stone

"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. We are learning, yet never feel we're being taught."

Roger EbertRoger Ebert

"In the movie's final shot, Jung's confidence crumbles and he looks supremely troubled, still uncertain of a world he once believed could be explained with textual prowess. Better than any analysis, his expression sums up the dangerous method at the heart of every Cronenberg movie."


"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."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"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."

Empire MagazineEmpire Magazine

"Spielrein's name is less familiar than the others, but the film suggests she deserves to be more than a footnote in the history of psychoanalysis."

A.V. ClubA.V. Club

A Dangerous Method | Details

Award winner
Best Supporting Actor Nominee (Viggo Mortensen) 2012 Golden Globes
R16, contains violence, drug use and sex scenes
Drama, True Story & Biography
Country of origin
Canada, Germany, UK, Switzerland

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