Irrational Man

Irrational Man

Irrational Man

Joaquin Phoenix stars in Woody Allen’s dark comedy-drama as philosophy professor Abe Lucas, caught in the midst of a grim existential crisis. Emma Stone co-leads the film as a bright student who takes a fascination to Abe, resulting in a unique relationship will change their whole perspectives of life… not necessarily in a good way.

Abe has a healthy reputation as a professor of philosophy, but not exactly a healthy outlook on life. He’s been welcomed by a small town university with open arms and invited back to the bedroom by his former flame (Parker Posey), though this does not steer him away from his own dark thoughts – ones he constantly drowns with alcohol. But when his student provides him with a golden reason to live, albeit by accident, Abe suddenly finds a profound purpose. And that’s when things really start to go wrong.

2015Rating: M, Mature themes, coarse language and a sex scene96 minsUSA
ComedyDramaMysteryRomance
Director:
Woody Allen ('Annie Hall', 'Midnight in Paris', 'Blue Jasmine', 'Hannah and Her Sisters')
Writer:
Woody Allen
Cast:
Emma StoneJoaquin PhoenixParker PoseyJamie BlackleyEthan Phillips
76%
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

Woody Allen takes a heap of existential woes and swirls them around like a single-malt in this black rom-com, using the mind of morbid philosophy professor Abe Lucas as the whiskey glass. It’s a mentality-exposing role that demands excellence, and where Blue Jasmine had the flawless Cate Blanchett, Irrational Man has the dynamic Joaquin Phoenix.

4.0

woody's still got it

This film is similar to woody's earlier work, like Crimes and Misdeameanors and Match Point. Its about Abe played by Joaquin Phoenix who is a professer who doesnt get much joy out of life. He one day over hears a conversation about someones tale of woe and decides to help them. This turns into a really interesting crime story, with great dialogue as always...

3.0

Woody Allen fans clearly love it

Real enjoyable, but maybe a bit obscure for my liking. Fun though.

Worth a look

A movie that will keep you interested/entertained with typical Woody Allen style. Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix hold the mood and plot of the movie together brilliantly. Would highly recommend.

4.0

Luck or Chance

Thought it was great. Outstanding acting and I loved the way it twisted and turned.

4.0

Confused

Left wondering what happened to the woman that Abe was supposedly trying to help but otherwise a compelling watch

4.0

Not what I was expecting...

Have not watched Woody Allen films before, I found it to be enthralling and very down to earth in a macabre way. Thoroughly enjoyed it all the way through right "down" to the last minute where Abe was "caught" by the light.

A fun piece.

A classic piece of Woody Allen. Really enjoyed the characters and the way the story played out. I thought the ending was a bit of a copout in that it removed any potential moral ambiguity from the situation, but it was still dramatic and well executed. Recommended.

4.0

Satisfyingly engrossing film

Yep, the man was irrational all right, but he couldn't see it. We followed his weird thought processes, which defied logic at times. The contrast between the prof and his girlfriend made the film engrossing. I loved the irony of the torch coming to light (!) at the end (say no more). A well thought out film, satisfying.

Woody Allen convert!

Good movie with a twist....started slow but speed up in a big way. Loved it

Variety

Variety

press

Woody Allen contemplates the perfect murder (again) in a darkly funny, intellectually rigorous campus comedy.

Time Out

Time Out

press

There’s something sloppy and sluggish about Irrational Man, even by Allen’s uneven standards.

3.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Allen has worked wonders in the past with superficially similar moral tales, but this one’s a sketchy rehash.

2.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's a tongue-in-cheek mystery which is neither quite scary and serious enough to be suspenseful, nor witty or ironic enough to count as a comedy.

2.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

After the delightful, if frothy Magic in the Moonlight, Irrational Man feels like a step down for the prolific Woody Allen.

3.0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Allen has crafted a suspenseful mind-teaser that might feel too much like an intellectual exercise if Phoenix and Stone didn't infuse it with such raw humanity.

Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Can be seen as one of Allen's cleverest films, but even the satisfying tidiness of its ending contributes to the sense that we're watching a simulation rather than a story.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Stands among the better entries of Woody Allen's fourth-act career phase.

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

Woody Allen takes a heap of existential woes and swirls them around like a single-malt in this black rom-com, using the mind of morbid philosophy professor Abe Lucas as the whiskey glass. It’s a mentality-exposing role that demands excellence, and where Blue Jasmine had the flawless Cate Blanchett, Irrational Man has the dynamic Joaquin Phoenix.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Woody Allen contemplates the perfect murder (again) in a darkly funny, intellectually rigorous campus comedy.

Time Out

Time Out

press

There’s something sloppy and sluggish about Irrational Man, even by Allen’s uneven standards.

3.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Allen has worked wonders in the past with superficially similar moral tales, but this one’s a sketchy rehash.

2.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's a tongue-in-cheek mystery which is neither quite scary and serious enough to be suspenseful, nor witty or ironic enough to count as a comedy.

2.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

After the delightful, if frothy Magic in the Moonlight, Irrational Man feels like a step down for the prolific Woody Allen.

3.0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Allen has crafted a suspenseful mind-teaser that might feel too much like an intellectual exercise if Phoenix and Stone didn't infuse it with such raw humanity.

Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Can be seen as one of Allen's cleverest films, but even the satisfying tidiness of its ending contributes to the sense that we're watching a simulation rather than a story.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Stands among the better entries of Woody Allen's fourth-act career phase.

woody's still got it

This film is similar to woody's earlier work, like Crimes and Misdeameanors and Match Point. Its about Abe played by Joaquin Phoenix who is a professer who doesnt get much joy out of life. He one day over hears a conversation about someones tale of woe and decides to help them. This turns into a really interesting crime story, with great dialogue as...

3.0

Woody Allen fans clearly love it

Real enjoyable, but maybe a bit obscure for my liking. Fun though.

Worth a look

A movie that will keep you interested/entertained with typical Woody Allen style. Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix hold the mood and plot of the movie together brilliantly. Would highly recommend.

4.0

Luck or Chance

Thought it was great. Outstanding acting and I loved the way it twisted and turned.

4.0

Confused

Left wondering what happened to the woman that Abe was supposedly trying to help but otherwise a compelling watch

4.0

Not what I was expecting...

Have not watched Woody Allen films before, I found it to be enthralling and very down to earth in a macabre way. Thoroughly enjoyed it all the way through right "down" to the last minute where Abe was "caught" by the light.

A fun piece.

A classic piece of Woody Allen. Really enjoyed the characters and the way the story played out. I thought the ending was a bit of a copout in that it removed any potential moral ambiguity from the situation, but it was still dramatic and well executed. Recommended.

4.0

Satisfyingly engrossing film

Yep, the man was irrational all right, but he couldn't see it. We followed his weird thought processes, which defied logic at times. The contrast between the prof and his girlfriend made the film engrossing. I loved the irony of the torch coming to light (!) at the end (say no more). A well thought out film, satisfying.

Woody Allen convert!

Good movie with a twist....started slow but speed up in a big way. Loved it