Excerpt: I’m sure that we all remember our high school Psychology class and no doubt the name Sigmund Freud comes to mind (pardon the pun) when thinking of Psychology or Psychiatry. A quick note: the difference between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist is that the latter is a physician who went to medical...
Conclusion: I found this movie fascinating, and I’m not even all that interested in psychoanalysis. It just goes to show what a film can do for its characters when it isn't all that obsessed with running us through a rigid plot structure. There are three great performances here.
Excerpt: When David Cronenberg first started directing, he made movies about characters so out of touch with the workings of their own minds that their repressed fears and desires started to take fleshly form.
Excerpt: David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method is a film that grows upon reflection; even considering the filmmaker's more austere recent efforts, it is a picture that the viewer keeps waiting to ignite, and never quite does.
Conclusion: 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.