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  • 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.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 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. 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.

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