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1,608 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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