A Dangerous Method
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On the eve of World War I, Zurich and Vienna are the setting for a dark tale of sexual and intellectual discovery. Drawn from true-life events, A Dangerous Method takes a glimpse into the turbulent relationships between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung, his mentor Sigmund Freud and Sabina Spielrein, the troubled but beautiful young woman who comes between them. Into the mix comes Otto Gross, a debauched patient who is determined to push the boundaries. In this exploration of sensuality, ambition and deceit set the scene for the pivotal moment when Jung, Freud and Sabina come together and split apart, forever changing the face of modern thought.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 168
- Fresh: 131
- Rotten: 37
- Average Rating: 6.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: It makes for an absorbing drama and leaves the mustiness of cigars in the theatre.
Rotten: The true story is extraordinary; the film is not, although the actors are all fine.
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: Keira can act! She really can.
Too dull for even a psychoanalyst to enjoy!
I've studied and practiced psychoanalysis, so I was very excited when this movie came out. How often do I get to watch movies about Freud, after all? Wow, was I ever disappointed. The movie was plodding and slow. Scenes lasted forever. Kiera Knightley was ridiculously melodramatic. This movie was more intellectual than entertaining, and did not succeed in being particularly intellectual. I almost turned it off several times, but made myself plod through it just in case it got better. It didn't.
Longest 2 hrs of my life
Don't waste your time watching this insipid drivel that is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to sell the reputation of two prolific contributors to the field of psychology unless of course you are a chronic insomniac desperately in need of sleep. In the latter case you can be assured you will most certainly find sleep a wonderful escape from this disaster. The people who made this movie absolutely botched a wonderful opportunity to make a thought provoking film. This is yet another example of the garbage that is being produced by the film industry in a desperate attempt to remain competitve in the ever changing age of a digital society.
A Dangerous Method
If you're a psych major, or even view the study of psychology as a sometime hobby, you might want to buy this movie instead of renting it. Even better, turn on closed captioning before watching so that the dialogue does not pass by too quickly. It presents a considered telling of the relationships first between Carl Jung and his initially severely neurotic patient, Sabina Spielrein, and then Jung and Freud. In the process it acts as almost a tutorial on the earliest considerations of the search for the discovery of the basis of human desires and yearning for freedom.
A far less nondescript title might have been in order, at least "Carl & Sabina"
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2011
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