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Irrational Man (12A)

Drama, Mystery

A tormented philosophy professor finds a will to live when he commits an existential act.

The critical consensus

After Allen's good / bad films of late, file this one under indifferent.

***(*)(*)James Mottram, The List, 07/09/2015

Woody Allen again explores the theme of crime and punishment, but this is thin stuff with just one or two nice gags and a twisty finale.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 10/09/2015

Murder most breezy in a Woody Allen comedy with bite.

****(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 11/09/2015

A thriller in the key of Woody. The “same old, same old” but still entertaining.

***(*)(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 07/09/2015

Allen is using the murder plot to expound on themes he’s returned to a lot over his career; Phoenix just makes them feel more vital than usual.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 12/09/2015

Watchable enough but a little underwhelming.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 11/09/2015

Stone is terrific alongside Phoenix and it is never dull.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Sunday Express, 13/09/2015

Falls somewhere into the nebulous void between major and minor Woody.

***(*)(*)David Ehrlich, Little White Lies, 11/09/2015

Existential wranglings over the morality of murder are all very well, but some new ideas wouldn’t go amiss.

**(*)(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 13/09/2015

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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