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1,542 Ratings

Irrational Man

Directed by Woody Allen
United States, 2015
Comedy, Drama


A new philosophy professor arrives on a small town campus near Newport, Rhode Island. His name, Abe Lucas. His reputation : bad. Abe is said to be a womanizer and an alcoholic. But what people do not know is that he is a disillusioned idealist.

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Irrational Man Directed by Woody Allen
The desultory intellectualism of the references, combined with an almost total lack of credible dramatic motivation or interpersonal interactions, marks Irrational Man as a failure – albeit one with its share of qualified successes. Phoenix’s slouched, shoe-gazing comportment is as much a piece of rigorous physical acting as his more stylised turns for Paul Thomas Anderson…
September 07, 2015
In some respects, you can clearly see a master at work – the crafty sensibility of a writer-director who gave us gems such as Annie Hall and Manhattan. And when you are about to convince yourself that maybe, just maybe, this might be Allen’s return to form, he surreptitiously blindsides you with the sort of lethargy in execution that has characterised much of his recent work (case in point: the absolute horror that was Magic in the Moonlight).
August 25, 2015
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[Irrational Man feels] like Chabrol. It’s a breezy, superficial film about murder and philosophical angst… Little in the story comes off as a surprise, since the characters talk about nearly everything they do before actually doing it. And yet that feels appropriate enough, as Irrational Man is all about the seductive power of ideas, namely the idea of pulling off a “perfect” crime.
August 07, 2015
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What are people saying?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Irrational Man

    I know, the "Crime and Punishment" thing is tired, but Joaquin Phoenix is a good Raskolnikov, and anyway, what do people expect from a Woody Allen film these days? I suspect that he hardly even works on them personally, that he must have interns to produce "Woody Allen films" based on the template he created, a template that is now, classic Hollywood. This is no masterpiece, but it works just fine. 3 and a half stars

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Irrational Man

    ***1/2. Woody Allen seems to go round and round in circles with 'Irrational Man'. It's OK with me to see the same story with different actors every five years when the director is Mr Allen. Recommended.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Irrational Man

    Certainly Woody Allen has explored this territory before in films such as "Crimes & Misdemeanors" and "Match Point," but here the material - and Allen himself - seem reinvigorated by both the picturesque New England setting and Emma Stone, an actress who is never less than alive on the screen. "Man" offers the realization that, in an earlier era, Stone could have been the quintessential Hitchcock leading lady.

  • Nancarrow's rating of the film Irrational Man

    Tread's upon the ground established in Crimes & Misdemeanors, Match Point, and the oft-dismissed yet brilliant Cassandra's Dream. This is an uneccesary and bluntly uninspired outing. Kudos to Stone's wardrobe.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Irrational Man

    Stone and Phoenix deliver and combine aptly, but Allen's Dostoevsky & Kiekergaard signifiers hold no epiphany other than paraphrased reference. His Raskolnikov fascination (also see: Match Point) is adapted in a fairly laissez-faire manner lacking insight. Maybe some harsh criticism might restore some edge in Allen's fairly derivative recent offerings (Blue Jasmine the exception thanks to the resplendent Blanchett).

  • josé neves's rating of the film Irrational Man

    Allen's umpteenth version of Dostoevskian existentialism in conjunction with the fiftieth version of the sexual attraction of a girl by an older intellectual, in a brownish without contrasts. A valiant bummer.

  • Ghostman's rating of the film Irrational Man

    A great critique of selfishness, self-pity, narcissism, and intellectual self-masturbation and superiority, where the protagonist tries to justify his existence and worldview by committing the most heinous act: murder. A fine late period Woody Allen film, the dude just keeps on chugging, putting out good work. A great critique of existentialism and overblown morality. In a way, its a critique of all his own work.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Irrational Man

    With such a staggering filmography one's first reaction to a new Allen film is often diminished by comparing it to the oeuvre. That is certainly the case here as this film is certainly interesting but in comparison to his better crime films like 'Match Point' and 'Crimes and Misdemeanours' it pales. Dialogue just isn't up to par despite game performances and the eye of d.p. Darius Khondji. A minor Allen.

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