A Brief History of Time

A Brief History of Time Image
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics What's this?

User Score
tbd

No user score yet- Awaiting 2 more ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Starring:
  • Summary: A film about the life and work of Stephen Hawking, who despite his near total paralysis is one of the great minds of all time.

Where To Watch

Stream On
Stream On
Stream On
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Mar 17, 2014
    100
    It's more than science, more than biography, more than metaphor. Fusing all three and linking them to a profound human dimension that never cheapens the man or his macrospeculations, it ties them to shared human destiny. As Morris' elliptical style circles and deepens its themes with each pass, A Brief History of Time turns into film's own expanding universe. [14 Sep 1992, p.50]
  2. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Edward Guthmann
    Mar 17, 2014
    100
    The beauty of Morris' achievement is the way he fuses Hawking's work in theoretical physics with his subject's life history -- finding subtle connections between the two, and avoiding the pat, predictable structure of biographical film. [28 Aug 1992, p.C3]
  3. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Mar 17, 2014
    90
    A film that is genuinely mind-expanding, an exhilarating intellectual gantlet that tells a remarkable human story.
  4. Reviewed by: Desson Thomson
    Mar 17, 2014
    75
    To watch "Time" is not merely to marvel at the heavens we cannot yet know; it is also to admire Hawking, now 50, for approaching such daunting problems on a daily basis, despite every possible problem the cosmos can throw at him.
  5. Reviewed by: Jay Boyar
    Mar 17, 2014
    75
    The film doesn't go deeply enough into Hawking's theories to really explain them, and it doesn't go deeply enough into Hawking's life to impart anything but a sketchy understanding of the man. Still, considering the almost impenetrable subject matter, it's remarkable that Morris has gotten as far as he has.
  6. Reviewed by: David Kerr
    Mar 17, 2014
    75
    Slickly executed and dramatically engaging.
  7. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Mar 17, 2014
    50
    This biography, to our surprise, is extremely respectful and earnest and lacking Morris' usual transformational touch.

See all 12 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of
  2. Mixed: 0 out of
  3. Negative: 0 out of

Related Articles

  1. DVD/Blu-ray Release Calendar: August 2016

    DVD/Blu-ray Release Calendar: August 2016 Image
    Published: July 28, 2016
    Find a complete guide to TV and movie titles heading to Blu-ray and DVD throughout the month of August, including The Nice Guys, Keanu, The Jungle Book, The Lobster, Weiner, and more.
  2. What Movie Should I See This Weekend?

    What Movie Should I See This Weekend? Image
    Published: July 27, 2016
    Preview all of this weekend's new theatrical releases (including Jason Bourne, Nerve, Bad Moms, Indignation, and more), with Metascores and trailers for each new film.
  3. 23 Buddy Movies, Ranked From Worst to Best

    23 Buddy Movies, Ranked From Worst to Best Image
    Published: July 25, 2016
    We rank some of cinema's most notable buddy films by Metascore.
  4. What to Watch Now on Netflix

    What to Watch Now on Netflix Image
    Published: July 25, 2016
    Get a list of the best movie and TV titles recently added (and coming soon) to Netflix streaming, updated frequently. You can also find a list of titles expiring soon.