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

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Irrational Man / Reviews

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

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.

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Variety

Variety

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

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Time Out

Time Out

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

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

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

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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.

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Stuff

Stuff

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

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

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.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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

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