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The Man Who Knew Infinity

Drama . Biography

Growing up poor in Madras, India, Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar earns admittance to Cambridge University during WWI, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his professor, G.H. Hardy.

Actors: Raghuvir Joshi , Malcolm Sinclair , Pádraic Delaney , Shazad Latif , Enzo Cilenti , Kevin McNally , Jeremy Irons , Dev Patel , Toby Jones , Stephen Fry , Jeremy Northam
Directors: Matt Brown
Country: UK
Release: 2016-04-29
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  • Calvin Wilson

    The multiplexes are full of films that promise little more than a forgettable good time. The Man Who Knew Infinity is just as entertaining, but far more substantial.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Jared Mobarak

    We aren’t given this glorious journey of a genius plucked from obscurity as much as we are the trials and tribulations of success. Brown’s film is all about the hardships thrust upon Ramanujan.

    The Film Stage Full Review
  • Moira Macdonald

    It’s predictable — throughout the film, I kept thinking that I’d seen it before — and a bit sentimental, yet thoroughly pleasant.

    The Seattle Times Full Review
  • Miriam Di Nunzio

    This is not so much a film about understanding the numbers, but understanding the men who made us see their merit, and the passion that drives each of us to find the true meaning in our lives. And that is a worthy lesson indeed.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Walter Addiego

    Math buffs will appreciate the inclusion of a brief and witty anecdote they may already know involving Ramanujan and the number 1,729. Well done.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Katie Rife

    This is the very definition of the kind of movie people complain that “they” don’t make anymore: a modestly budgeted, character-driven drama for adults that doesn’t insult the viewer’s intelligence or lean on shock value.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Allan Hunter

    The film is unashamedly middle-brow and sentimental but it tells such a good story that it is hard to resist.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Irons gives a deft performance as a man who is both entranced and flummoxed by his disciple, but the role itself is in most ways skimpily conceived. Hardy’s homosexuality, for one thing, is never really touched upon, as if that would somehow taint the proceedings.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Devan Coggan

    Unfortunately, the film is nowhere near as innovative as its subject.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    It touches on serious - and ridiculously complex - ideas but always cuts them down to manageable, middle-brow morsels.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Patel has his most rewarding role since “Slumdog.’’

    New York Post Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    The storytelling here might also be stronger if Brown’s dialogue were less conspicuous, and left it to Patel and top-billed Jeremy Irons to more subtly communicate their characters’ passion for numbers.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The Man Who Knew Infinity is a good movie about a great subject, but one that should have been bett

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Andy Webster

    Mr. Irons handily hits the emotional beats, as does Mr. Patel.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Cath Clarke

    Polite, earnest stuff, but it never quite adds up to much.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Andrew Lowry

    Well intentioned and played, this shows flashes of what could have been, but is ultimately let down by its timidity towards the maths, and fails to make the case for its own hero’s greatness.

    Empire Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    Irons’s Hardy steals this film away from its ostensible hero, in part because pulling the shutters down makes him that much harder to know.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Marsha Lederman

    When one of the most enlightening moments of a film comes during the postscript (black holes!), you know there’s a problem – one that has nothing to do with math.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    The Man Who Knew Infinity tells a great story. It’s just that it’s a little too by-the-book to make anything other than a so-so movie.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    The Man Who Knew Infinity, based on Kanigel’s book, and directed by Matthew Brown, feels sluggish and stuck, and it hits an insoluble crux.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    Irons is the gawky one. His Hardy is a socially inept bachelor who is ill-suited to the role of nurturing mentor and father figure. Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    In the end, The Man Who Knew Infinity never allows itself to transcend the sad irony of such biopics — that people known for thinking outside the box are always given film portraits that refuse to do so.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Deborah Young

    Highly engaging performances by Dev Patel in the lead role and Jeremy Irons as his curmudgeonly mentor gradually warm up the Cambridge story, but the Indian part feels perfunctory and unconvincing.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    The arguments between Ramanujan and Hardy form easily the most absorbing aspect of The Man Who Knew Infinity, as their eloquent clash of wills is shown to be not just intellectual but ideological in nature.

    Variety Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Matt Brown’s movie is a perfunctory highlight reel, featuring tepid performances and dull cinematic technique. Although the movie’s 108 minutes are hardly infinity, its duration gives the concept a run for its money.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    If The Man Who Knew Infinity had been more concerned with the soul of a raw talent instead of the learn-and-earn ethos of so much accomplishment cinema, it might have produced something soulful rather than something institutional.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
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