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The Theory of Everything

8/10
Drama . Romance . Biography
 

A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.

 
Actors: Eddie Redmayne , Felicity Jones , Harry Lloyd , David Thewlis , Emily Watson , Simon McBurney , Lucy Chappell , Charlotte Hope , Abigail Cruttenden , Christian McKay , Tom Prior , Sophie Perry
Directors: James Marsh
Country: UK
Release: 2014-11-26
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  • Mick LaSalle

    Just in physical terms, Eddie Redmayne transformation’s into Stephen Hawking is something remarkable.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Visually imaginative, The Theory of Everything is an unusually compelling true-life story about an extraordinary couple triumphing over adversity. It’s my favorite movie so far this year.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    This is the extraordinary biopic about the fascinating, complex and inspirational example set by genius cosmologist and physicist Stephen Hawking.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Gregory Ellwood

    Many moviegoers may think they already know a good deal about Hawking’s achievements, but they would do themselves a disservice to miss out on Redmayne’s almost perfect performance.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    The film is striking, at times even piercing, for the way it infiltrates some universal realities of marriage.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    A brainy bio that exerts a gravitational pull on the heartstrings.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Redmayne should be getting a lot of notice for his performance; it's palpable, it's poignant. Jones, too, is terrific. And Marsh, who won the documentary Academy Award for his Philippe Petit Twin Towers caper Man on Wire, brings a keen artistry to The Theory of Everything.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    This delightful and inspiring drama succeeds the way Hawking has, even as he fails to deliver that “one theory” that explains “everything.” It’s reaching beyond your grasp, in life, in science and in film biographies, that achieves greatness.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The Theory of Everything, referring to Hawking's dream of finding an equation to explain all existence, is riveting science, emotional provocation and one-of-a-kind love story all rolled into one triumphant film.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    I couldn't help wishing that The Theory of Everything had more theory. Hawking famously excels at explaining complicated thoughts with layman simplicity, but the film never translates the originality and depth of his ideas — or even what they are.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Kevin Harley

    A lovingly balanced biopic that fends off award-gobbling clichés. Smarts + heart = a winner: it’s a simple equation, but Marsh makes it add up.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Helen O'Hara

    A compassionate and inspiring look at an extraordinary life, anchored by two of the best performances of the year.

    Empire Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The Theory of Everything breaks down simply, perhaps too much so: a great performance in a good movie.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Marsh makes the most of McCarten's effective script. There's a real energy to his filmmaking, the ability to be intelligently dramatic without overdoing things that is ideally suited to material that would be so easy to get wrong.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    James Marsh’s movie, which co-stars Felicity Jones as Jane Hawking, the celebrated physicist’s wife, is a biographical love story that doesn’t depend on science to shape the plot — it’s rich in emotional intelligence.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Jones and Redmayne are both superb as a devoted but imperfect pair of headstrong people trying, and sometimes failing, to treat each other with care and respect.

    Slate Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    At its best (which is often), director James Marsh’s affecting biopic of the cosmos-rattling astrophysicist Stephen Hawking plays deftly against schmaltz.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Catherine Shoard

    It's a film to leave you reeling but cheered, too. It's about battling love, as well as illness. A universal story, extracted from a unique one.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    What’s onscreen is less a cerebral experience than a stirring and bittersweet love story, inflected with tasteful good humor, that can’t help but recall earlier disability dramas like “My Left Foot” and “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.”

    Variety Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    What takes The Theory of Everything into the cosmos is Redmayne’s extraordinary performance. The disciplined precision with which he progressively embodies Hawking’s failing body is nothing short of astonishing.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    This movie about a great woman and a great man ends up merely good.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Like "The King’s Speech" or "Shakespeare in Love," The Theory of Everything sometimes feels a bit too polished and precise, leaving no room for ambiguity and always staying easy to digest, like elegant pap.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The Theory of Everything, in other words, is Jane’s movie as much as it is Stephen’s, and while Eddie Redmayne’s performance deserves every bit of praise and statuary it will get, Felicity Jones has the subtler, less showy role to play and matches him frame for frame.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The movie's pretty light on matters of science. It works best as a study of human vulnerability and love's way with us all, and as such, a handsomely mounted, slightly hollow picture by the end becomes a very affecting one.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    It’s an exceptional film, not because of its protagonists’ impressive triumphs, but because it honors their struggle.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    An unremarkable bio-pic about a remarkable man.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Simon Houpt

    Even if you were never the sort who cared what goes on behind others’ closed doors, the Hawkings’ drama is catnip. And if you’ll excuse the pun, you could say it was only a matter of time before Hollywood came calling.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    The film is involving, nimbly acted and smartly directed, though conventional in its narrative style.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Nikola Grozdanovic

    The film is a boilerplate biopic, but with stunning cinematography and a couple of fierce performances, The Theory of Everything is nothing if not an accomplished and emotional work of cinema.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    The film gives Jones (Oxford) a chance to take control of its emotional center, and she seizes it with spectacular subtlety. She proves that behind this Great Man movie is a woman – an actress – who’s every bit her man’s equal.

    Time Full Review
  • Leslie Felperin

    Facing the physical challenges of depicting Hawking’s disability, Redmayne pulls it off with enormous grace and endurance.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Well-acted and lovingly designed, Marsh's movie falls far short of the genius it attempts to celebrate.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Highly uneven, but at least it doesn’t glamorize Hawking’s life or turn it into a paean to endurance.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    No matter how much The Theory of Everything showcases the incredible process through which Hawking maintains a connection to the rest of the world, it falls short of burrowing inside his head.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    This is a well-made, well-acted but unexceptional film about one of the most exceptional figures of the last half-century.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    It’s a biopic about one of the most brilliant people in the history of the planet, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking – a man famous for thinking in boldly innovative ways – yet his story is told in the safest and most conventional method imaginable.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    If The Theory of Everything cut as deeply as Redmayne's performance, it might be on the level of "My Left Foot." But there are so damn many problems, easy to ignore at first in the elation of watching Redmayne and the gossamer Felicity Jones as his future wife, Jane, but impossible to shake off in the last third.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Sometimes a story – a true story, a fictional one or a hybrid of the two – is sufficiently powerful and intriguing that it can break through the formula and packaging around it. Such is almost but not quite the case with The Theory of Everything.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Yes, The Theory of Everything has a different emphasis. But like so many cinematic lives of the famous, it loses track of the source of its subject’s fame.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Rather than go for big ideas, the movie cozies up to small wonders. Instead of an ah-ha moment, we get a sigh of familiarity. Still, in this biopic about Hawking, there’s one explosion that blows your mind: Eddie Redmayne’s performance. Redmayne as Hawking, if the stars align, should be an Oscar lock.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • David Denby

    The Theory of Everything makes a pass at the complexities of love, but what’s onscreen requires a bit more investigation.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    It’s certainly Redmayne’s film, and his performance is everything you could ask for: completely convincing in its physicality, credible in its pain, and warmly but not crassly optimistic in its nearly constant good temper.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Ben Nicholson

    With so many elements working on such a high plain, it is ultimately a shame that The Theory of Everything remains a formulaic biopic with a scope far narrower than its subject. Still, it broaches universal themes through the story of a man who studies the universe, and succeeds in being a life and love-affirming along the way.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Despite a handsome production and two genuinely brilliant lead performances, The Theory Of Everything stumbles into virtually every pitfall that afflicts biopics about geniuses.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    Meticulous in its adherence to conventional narrative inducement, this biopic only offers a sanded-down and embossed vision of Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde's 30-year marriage.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    It takes Hawking getting out of his wheelchair — a sequence as tender as it is tasteless — for The Theory Of Everything to register as anything more than impersonal kitsch. It is the one ballsy moment in an otherwise thoroughly neutered movie.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    And let's be honest: Hawking and Wilde's romance is lovely in its own way. But his scientific work? That's important. That's staggering. That's life-changing, not just for him, but for all of us. And The Theory of Everything? Despite that title, and despite those performances, it just doesn't feel like any of those things.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
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