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Irrational Man

2015
Drama
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1h 35m
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Rated 11 Aug 2015
73
25th
It is fun to watch Parker Posey, but Allen's writing tics really distract, and everything feels like it has been done in better movies by him. Does Woody Allen really have anything new to say, or is he only interested in saying them in new filming locales?
Rated 05 Aug 2015
50
47th
Thankfully decides to stay away from the tired "professor falls for student" storyline - for the most part, anyway - but the direction it takes is odder and probably more troublesome. It's not dull, but it's weird, pseudo-intellectual, and not as profound as it wishes it was.
Rated 01 Jan 2016
45
23rd
A Russian-literature driven tale about a birth of a serial killer, whose life is ended because of Emma Stone's flashlight she got as a prize in an amusement park? Well, that's a bit forced -- even for Allen's recent run of forgettable films.
Rated 11 Jun 2016
50
38th
Emma Stone is that stock Woody Allen character, the hot young woman pathologically infatuated with the first male intellectual who walks into her life. Joaquin Phoenix starts out as another Nikolai Stepanovich from Chekhov (like in "Whatever Works") and then turns into Raskolnikov (not before inserting a "Dostoyevski got it" reference). It's just not fresh material, and its boastful namedropping of philosophers belies a rudimentary knowledge of the field, devoid of true insight.
Rated 09 May 2016
55
53rd
Not a bad rumination on the function or otherwise of philosophy. It has a nice way of thinking about the temptations of acting out, but with an underlying sense of the threats posed by such temptations. Definitely one of the best movies ever to mention Husserl. Resolution was a bit too easy.
Rated 06 Aug 2015
76
34th
The jazzy, upbeat tempo kept throughout this film, even when it makes very unexpected U-turns, is was makes it so enjoyable. Woody Allen is like Stephen King: you never know if it'll be meh, good, or great, and you're especially concerned if he'll stick the landing. Irrational Man is good, and Allen sticks the landing. There were no big laughs from me, but I was smiling through most of it.
Rated 12 Aug 2015
71
57th
Philosophy is bullshit
Rated 20 Aug 2015
94
75th
At a similar level as a lot of Allen's pictures the recent decade or so. A fine standard considering his productivity, but not a masterpeice. A very Woodyish experience in style, flow, mood, story and themes- Some philosophy but not too deep (not trying or wanting to be either), some murder mystery and a large portion of dark n' joyful humor. Miss a truly noteworthy film from Allens hands. I fear he is getting a bit too comfortable - hence unfortunately a bit trivial with such a production rate
Rated 04 Feb 2021
30
4th
After 48 Woody Allen movies I more or less loved, here comes the only one i hate. The story is a fart you could have after eating a molded philosophy book (and one page of Crime and Punishment synopsis for dessert), the (over)acting is a joke, even the music is a total crap with the same lame upbeat piano over and over again. Emma Stone plays the worst life pooper ever and the ending could be compared to the worst of noir, designed to be unsatisfying. Just a sad piece of garbage from my fav dir.
Rated 02 Jan 2016
52
51st
With voice-over doubling as descriptive video service, Woody Allen has ensured the blind will appreciate his work more than the sighted.
Rated 27 Oct 2015
3
0th
I hate Woody Allen! He is totally uninterested in anything, he doesn't understand. And he is stupid, so he doesn't understand a lot. His music is annoying as fuck, his mis en scene simply doesn't exist, his humor is pubertal, his actors are desperately trying to believe those words, Allen copied the wikipediapage all those philosophers he is so smart to quote (sometimes even just their booktitles). Why am I so alone with this judgement? Why are people so stupid? Life is hell!
Rated 01 Feb 2016
72
31st
Amusing at points, but lazy in execution. These are great actors playing badly written characters in a plot that consists of a predictable romantic storyline and a funny but ultimately illogical murder mystery stoyline.
Rated 14 Sep 2016
65
11th
When I ranked this film, it would be a lie if I told you my bias for Woody Allen didn't cloud my decision. Maybe it was the casting of Joaquin Phoenix that seemed unfit for the role of a Woody Allen film, or my inexplicable distaste towards Emma Stone, or that (*Spoiler Alert*) killing a man was the only act that would ignite a spark to 'feel' again that disappointed me with the film. Overall, I enjoyed the film, and am glad I can check another Woody Allen film off my list.
Rated 07 Aug 2015
5
42nd
Jill (Emma Stone) is presented as some kind of Abercrombie and Fitch model with an intellect too feeble to challenge her professor. Prof. Abe Lucas' (Phoenix) history and mental crisis is so deliberately manufactured, and his thoughts on post-war continental philosophy so strained and obvious, it's very hard to tell what's serious philosophical discussion and what's Woody Allen parody. Mostly awkward, but the ending is amusing.
Rated 09 Aug 2015
7
57th
Allen: one minute, you'll find yourself swept into the magnetic nightlife and atmospheres of 1920's Paris. The next minute, he secretly wants to kill you.
Rated 09 Jan 2016
70
57th
plot ilgi çekici ama bildik hikayelerin kullanımı daha ilginç olmalıymış da "yılda bir" teslim tarihiyle aceleye gelmiş gibi görünüyor.allen için yorgunluk izleri demek ne kadar ironik olur ama allen'ın bir şeyleri avucunun içinden kaçırıp filmi bitmemiş gibi hissettirdiği o ender filmlerden birisi.casting yön. bir kez daha iyi iş çıkarmış.sanki biraz daha senaryo üzerinde zaman harcamış olup farklı bölümleri ucuca skeç gibi bağlamasaydı kendisnn onlarca harik
Rated 20 Jan 2016
78
54th
It's modern Woody Allen, which can be hit and miss and this film is a bit of both. It's fun and Phoenix is good, as is the dialogue, but the overall plotting loses its way and Stone's character feels like a pawn to the story rather than a fleshed out individual.
Rated 12 Aug 2015
80
37th
"He's tried every drug. He hates them" is one of the best lines Woody has written in a very long time. Here, the real joy comes from Joaquin Phoenix's performance. It's this sort of weird synthesis of the roles he played in Her, The Master and Inherent Vice - the wide-eyed sadness, the unpredictable tangents, the drunken manner in which he conducts himself. Fantastic stuff, especially when paired with Emma Stone, who does a nice job of juggling Woody's strange faux-modern-collegiate dialogue.
Rated 30 Aug 2015
60
44th
It's a good film - a fine cast, a really nice score, a fantastically pessimistic main character and overall solid direction - yet far from flawless: the love story is never particularly engaging, possibly because it's stunningly unoriginal, and the entire movie is almost totally devoid of memorable thrills. Still, the philosophical and moral aspects of the story are interesting, as is the whole Spangler thing. Overall it's far from Allen's finest film of recent years, but it remains good fun.
Rated 25 Jul 2015
95
98th
[u]{WARNING: Action junkies and those adverse to heavy emphasis on dialogue, proceed at your own risk of brain lockup or catatonia at the mere discussion of the film. Any comparison between what those with such a disposition would feel having to sit through it, and the straight-jacketed, eyelids held open Alex in [i]A Clockwork Orange[/i], is more than a perfect analogy. There's only one small, climactic action sequence at the end. In line with all that, a brief refresher in existentialism:
Rated 16 Aug 2015
60
34th
More interesting than Magic in the Moonlight, but not as decent as, say, Magic in the Moonlight. A strange mishmash of ideas, styles and themes makes for a partly entertaining and partly uncomfortable watch.
Rated 08 Feb 2016
45
13th
Irrational Man follows in the footsteps of Crimes and Misdemeanors and Match Point and fails to live up to either one of them. Phoenix does his best with a poorly written role, but the relationship between him and Stone is not particularly convincing, and the philosophical musings are shallow and completely undermined by the frivolous ending. Perhaps that's the point? Ultimately, it's just another lazy and predictable film by Allen written and directed on autopilot.
Rated 15 Oct 2015
65
53rd
If only Woody Allen cared to try a bit more about his script and all... Still, I liked it more than most of his recent efforts.
Rated 25 Mar 2016
72
52nd
Emma Stone nails another one, really appreciating the consistent nuances & refined emotions in her performances. She managed to outshine Pheonix's brooding drunk, as if his character in the Master cleaned himself up & started writing essays on his new found existence. Woody puts forward another heady essay with a few convenient plot turns to keep things moving. Irrational Man almost feels like an excuse to scribble down his own masturbatory philosophical ramblings, but I'm all ears.
Rated 27 Oct 2015
40
2nd
Woody, just stop. Please.
Rated 06 Jan 2016
64
51st
Mildly dark and moderately amusing, Irrational Man is well-acted but is ultimately stifled in trying to be more (funny/poignant/something) than it actually is. Decent film that could pass a rainy afternoon.
Rated 29 Feb 2016
89
90th
a lot of bad acting and story. but enough dope shit with the philosophy. and it was cool to see him go through all that to get ready to kill him/deal with it. hated that he died in the end. he shoulda killed her and won
Rated 16 Aug 2015
75
42nd
Unfortunately, the plot is completely predictable, and the cinematography is not as good as Allen's other recents. The dialogue is decent though.
Rated 01 Apr 2016
35
10th
A somewhat unexpected plot point in the 2nd and 3rd half make this somewhat watchable, but this is by far the most up his own ass Woody Allen has ever been. I even like his philosophical B.S. usually, but I really hated quite quite a bit of this (including many of the 1 dimensional characters).
Rated 28 Aug 2016
72
59th
It felt like a parody film to me, I think the genre classification here is wrong as it should be 'comedy'. It's not that funny, but the whole film doesn't seem to take itself seriously and that makes it fun to watch. Don't watch this as a serious film, as the one-dimensional contrived characters and writing will no doubt infuriate you. A strangely uplifting film, thanks to the loose tone and a surprising plot twist. Bad performances, but at least the actors seemed to be having fun shooting this.
Rated 05 Jan 2016
40
35th
Of course it's exactly those sorts of exclamations that merit a cautionary warning for anyone who may feel an irrational attraction to a morally minded movie that seems immorally at odds with a moral lifestyle by immersing us in extra-marital affairs, excessive drinking and, oh, yeah, murder. (pluggedin.com)
Rated 17 Jan 2016
50
29th
Old-hat for Allen, re-addressing themes and plots that he has turned to frequently over the past years. Phoenix is great, but everything happens in the most straightforward, simple way. In the end, it's damingly boring, especially the last half-hour where things just play out. Negative points for Stone's boyfriend character who features in about 10 scenes, literally every one of which is him being jealous of her crush on Phoenix.
Rated 12 Mar 2017
20
1st
Head swollen with praises of his tailspun twaddle by the analytic philosopher (an oxymoron), Allen sets out to lampoon the very possibility of the philosopher who cares for wisdom yet nothing for him (a tautology). Result? A projection of his own pseudo-philosophical malarky, abject infatuation with young girls, and yet another regurgitation of Dostoevsky's *Crime and Punishment*, which he's vomited forth since the 80s. Frothy dialogue with a double-shot of bitter irony in a cyanide latte.
Rated 03 Aug 2015
65
41st
Starts as a dull retread of "Match Point" and "Crimes & Misdemeanors", but the once the plot kicks in halfway through it's pretty dark, fun, and engaging. Joaquin is always entertaining to watch and although it's not a dynamite collaboration, I still enjoyed it.
Rated 29 Dec 2015
30
40th
a painful (painfully superficial) philosophy lesson and a failed film within his oeuvre. [imitation of the original, made by the artist himself, for the umpteenth times]
Rated 02 Jan 2016
85
52nd
Woody Allen should live forever
Rated 14 Nov 2018
33
24th
can't help but feel that Woody Allen is one to smell his own farts. The ecosystem of his films, the groundwork of it - constituted always by a simple narratological structure - feels intersected and violated by laden, literal presentation of ideas, by a swaggering misogyny, by a desire for its dialogues to have an offputing, again narcisistic, biographical element reflecting positively back on him as method to achieve, move or justifify movements in his own life in a negative way.
Rated 20 Sep 2015
30
10th
Stilted and overfamiliar. Woody is getting lazy - stay clear.
Rated 16 Jun 2016
65
36th
In many ways, structurally similar to "Match Point" which is one of my favourite Woody films. I actually thought this was really well done, despite not being as fresh or as surprising.
Rated 22 Aug 2015
62
30th
The narration in this film seems condescending and irritating, and the story never gets complicated enough to warrant its existence. I might, however, be missing its intended purpose. The film, as a whole, is light and breezy enough to enjoy.
Rated 13 Jun 2016
77
64th
This is an interesting drama. The cast does a good job in the film. Both Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone are good in their roles. Parker Posey also does a fine job in the film. The script for the most part is good except for one obvious thing that happens. Overall I would recommend this film.
Rated 22 Jan 2018
60
40th
Think I'll never warm up to allen's voice-over & dialog ridden filmmaking. His approach to philosophy by lacklusterly namedropping sartre, kierkegaard, de beauvoir and the like isn't exactly helping. Film is, first and foremost, visual. Seems allen can't do jack in that department. Exposition, dialog, dialog, exposition. While walking on campus, sitting in a park, riding horseback...blablabla. If you put this on mute, it's the emma stone holiday adventure simulator. Thanks, but no thanks.
Rated 25 Jun 2016
70
70th
I really hate that I liked a Woody Allen production so much. Usually I find them overwhelmingly irritating & obnoxious. Performances from Joaquin Phoenix was terrific & Emma Stone was especially satisfying. Parker Posey was also enjoyable. Emma Stone was very expressive & quite beautiful. The story was entertaining & engaging. I quite enjoyed the tension & quirky dark nature of the story. Production quality, music & pacing was very good. Also it has a satisfying ending.
Rated 19 Jan 2016
85
96th
My reasons for appreciation are largely esoteric (though I can't deny the masterful Phoenix has been on fire of late) so if your predicted score is low, don't necessarily take my enjoyment as an endorsement. I seem to be quite the irrationalist myself and oddly ended up seeing this thrice in the same day; viewing #3 wasn't particularly revelatory, but the 2nd proved to be worthwhile (though less than necessary), turning up various easily-missed and amusing hints as to where the story was headed.
Rated 15 Apr 2016
70
42nd
The movie is a classic Woody Allen movie. The existential jokes, funny dialogues and enough quoting to make you feel like an intellectual. It would impress me if it was my first Woody Allen movie. But still it is a Woody Allen movie so it was a pleasure watch it.
Rated 25 Dec 2015
24
8th
Just Allen day-dreaming about murdering people again.
Rated 05 Jan 2016
50
77th
Irrational Man (2015) almost qualifies as "so bad, it's good" with it's irrational loose script and lax execution. But that's what makes this so enjoyable.
Rated 17 Jun 2016
75
23rd
Not bad per se, but so tame.
Rated 06 Sep 2015
56
43rd
Joaquin Phoenix delivers a fine performance in yet another Woody Allen take on Crime and Punishment. The direction is not nearly as tight as Match Point, but the film is a lot more amusing.
Rated 07 Sep 2015
73
83rd
Great dark fun. The same story is told better here than in Match Point.
Rated 11 Feb 2020
8
2nd
Lazy and pseudo-intellectual.
Rated 22 Feb 2020
92
63rd
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Rated 30 Jun 2020
60
54th
The premise for the film works well mainly due to the Phoenix performance, which admittedly benefits greatly from the dynamic with Posey and Stone (and between Posey and Stone). It's always interesting to see academics portrayed in films, and on this occasion Allen presents something/someone believable while at the same time critiquing (rightly) pseudo-intellectualism (an Allen specialty).
Rated 04 Aug 2022
5
32nd
Run-of-the-mill Woody leftovers. Probably his least suspenseful Crime and Punishment riff because our "hero" never feels like he's in danger of being caught and his scheme isn't that personal. Has some pretty brutal 2010s Woody dialogue, and the looping piano soundtrack is repetitive. I like Joaquin being mumbly and paunchy, though, and the ending is pretty hilarious. So, all-in-all, it's a wash.
Rated 26 Aug 2023
80
62nd
Light and enjoyable philosophical ethics workout by Allen would probably rate higher from another film-maker, as it really feels like a cobble together of ideas explored better in his other movies: we’re in C&M/MATCH POINT territory shot through with the bemusement of MMM. Sparked and made memorable by Phoenix and Stone who are especially good; Posey does her best with what she is given, but she's somewhat wasted; nice subtle “double take” work from Blackley is another highlight.
Rated 03 Feb 2018
40
10th
Completely forgettable.
Rated 31 May 2018
56
15th
56.00
Rated 10 Jan 2016
13
10th
I kind of saw this movie. The jazzy score was as it's been in many other Woody Allen movies and the story so lame that I managed to do so many other things during it (I used to not to behave that way!). The mystery did not go anywhere and it did not color the story anyhow. A flat pancake.
Rated 16 Apr 2017
56
11th
I feel a little irrational that I keep watching Woody Allen movies. I know that some people adore him, but I just don't think he's my style. I am starting to notice that maybe Emma Stone needs to watch her back with Woody. She seems to be in all his movies now, and he has her only in outfits where her beautiful legs are seen. So, I'm thinking he's just being a perv with her, but I guess work is work right Emma? I found this story a little gag-inducing...
Rated 03 Dec 2017
2
46th
With a bit more Hitchcock and a lot less Tell this could've been a corker
Rated 25 May 2020
32
15th
Me after seeing this in a philosophy elective course: "No offense professor, but should we be worried." The main character is flaccid in a way that his quest for meaning is mostly sad in a very non-engaging way.
Rated 03 Oct 2018
55
15th
55.00.
Rated 18 Feb 2017
67
52nd
Went into this knowing nothing about the plot. It got way more interesting a half hour in
Rated 31 Oct 2023
50
35th
eng; [irrational man]; ein depressiver philosophie professor trifft eine folgenschwere entscheidung und verliebt sich anschließend in eine studentin - doch trotz seines wiedergefundenen lebenswillen hohlt die moral ihn ein.;
Rated 01 Jul 2017
18
8th
Absolutely awful. Cliché, ridiculous and at times nauseating. Allen, as usual, is an uncomfortable bore.
Rated 14 Apr 2018
69
83rd
A good movie where you lose interest in the resolution.
Rated 16 Jul 2018
70
6th
Same themes and events every W. Allen movie. This time even J. Phoenix and Emma Stone could not make it more prominent than the other Allen movies.
Rated 07 Mar 2016
60
4th
Irrational Man ist ungefähr der 500. Woody Allen Film. Obwohl in diesem Jahr die Bezeichnung "Film" etwas übertrieben scheint. Angemessener wäre es, Irrational Man als Entwurf für eine spätere Vollendung zu bezeichnen. Joaquin Phoenix spielt einen Philosophie Professor mit der Obsession zum Mord... mehr auf cinegeek.de
Rated 03 Oct 2015
70
42nd
3 Ekim 2015, Filmekimi &
Rated 04 Sep 2020
75
45th
Film ve ana karakter gerçekle sanat arasında o kadar güzel bir dengede durmuş ki... Bu nedenle duygulara çok iyi temas ediyor. Çevrenizden birinin derdini gerçekten duyumsamak gibi bir deneyimdi.
Rated 09 Nov 2019
38
32nd
not so good
Rated 18 Oct 2016
60
43rd
Perhaps not one of Allen's best films. This time we had a pairing of one of Holywood's best storytellers and its best performers. A funny crime film with a dire subject, which explores once again as in many Allen films the theme of morality.
Rated 21 Nov 2016
80
51st
Had this film reached the actual plot of the movie sooner it could have been a better film. The first part of the film was bogged down with pretentious narration and non existent flow. Joaquin Phoenix did show some range during the films second half and Emma Stone is always a delight to watch. This is not the best film from Woody Allen and in the end it is entertaining but it misses out on being on of the greats.
Rated 04 Jan 2016
70
54th
Woody's been on autopilot for some time now, but I've always enjoyed what he does. Now I get to see the same films in different locales with a new cast. Good enough.
Rated 17 Sep 2019
79
35th
Level of nihilism untypical for american movies, but unfortunately a moralistic end.
Rated 28 Sep 2017
65
39th
everything is funny but I wish I was dead

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