'A Dangerous Method' -- 3 1/2 stars

R; 1:39 running time A satisfying drama of historical speculation, substantially researched and shrewdly dramatized, it concerns the fathers of modern psychoanalysis, Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, and their patient Sabina Spielrein, widely believed to be Jung's lover (and later a psychotherapist). Admirers of director David Cronenberg, whose recent work includes "A History of Violence" and the Russian mob movie "Eastern Promises," may find themselves disoriented by what does and does not happen in "A Dangerous Method." The on-screen violence is sparing here. But more than one sort of brutality exists in the world. A sneaky classicist, Cronenberg keeps a tight lid on the characters' emotions, and to some degree his own technique. Yet this makes the conflicts, when they ignite, all the more interesting. -- Michael PhiilipsRead the full "A Dangerous Method" review
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