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Generally favorable reviews- based on 102 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 72 out of 102
  2. Negative: 12 out of 102

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  1. Jan 14, 2012
    by Georgia Xanthopoulou
    Based on a stage play which was based, in its turn, on a book by John Kerr, A Dangerous Method is about the relationship a young Carl Jung develops with a troubled patient as well as the beginning and break-up of his friendship with Sigmund Freud. Most importantly, the film concerns itself with the events that probably caused the breakdown he
    suffered during World War I and the battle within himself as his values as a responsible physician clashed with his carnal desires. The film starts off quite rough. For those who may be frightened by the beginning of the film, I assure you it gets better. Keira Knightley doesnâ Expand
  2. Dec 30, 2011
    A Dangerous Method is overall a great and interesting film, but Viggo Mortensen's acting in it is outstanding! This film is worth seeing just to see his perfect acting.
  3. Dec 7, 2011
    This is an interesting film for Cronenberg in that it never gets as weird or intense as most folks would expect from him. Rather, what we're given is essentially a very mannered comedy that, at first blush, looks like a Merchant Ivory drama... though the humor is SO dry that most folks in the theater I was in simply mistook it for drama anyway. If you're intimately familiar with Cronenberg's work, though, you realize that underlying a lot of his films, even his most serious pieces, there is a hyper-intelligent, active sense of humor at play. Here it takes center stage, though he operates with such nuance and wit that a good portion of the audience will inevitably miss the joke entirely. It's also worth mentioning that each of the lead cast members are fantastic, in particular Keira Knightley. I wouldn't recommend this film to just anyone, but as a fan of Cronenberg's entire career, I greatly enjoyed the film. Expand

Generally favorable reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 41
  2. Negative: 1 out of 41
  1. Reviewed by: William Thomas
    Feb 6, 2012
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jan 27, 2012
    A Dangerous Method still feels as if it's based on a rather pedestrian narrative --and so, in the final analysis, Cronenberg's film bores.
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jan 25, 2012
    A Dangerous Method is a movie believing the most formidable sex organ really is the brain.