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  • Summary: As renowned scientist Charles Darwin struggles to accept his young daughter's death, he finds himself torn between his love for his god-fearing wife and his growing belief in a world that is its own perpetual creation. Directed by Jon Amiel,written by John Colley, and based upon the book byAs renowned scientist Charles Darwin struggles to accept his young daughter's death, he finds himself torn between his love for his god-fearing wife and his growing belief in a world that is its own perpetual creation. Directed by Jon Amiel,written by John Colley, and based upon the book by Darwin's great-great-grandson, Randal Keynes, this is the deeply human story of the evolution of Darwin's masterwork, of a passionate marriage torn apart by the most provocative idea in history, and of a tortured genius saved by the love of a child. (Newmarket Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    80
    Thoughtful, moving, and Bettany is brilliant. To be reminded of the power of love to redeem and repair, catch Creation.
  2. 75
    I have a feeling the loss of their child and the state of their marriage were what most interested the backers of this film. They must have wanted to make a film about Darwin the man, not Darwin the scientist.
  3. Reviewed by: Adam Christie
    75
    It's a captivating story presented with a fresh and artistic spirit, putting a human face on the man behind the theories.
  4. 50
    What the Charles Darwin biopic Creation mainly creates is a do-over for Paul Bettany: This time he gets to have a beautiful mind.
  5. 50
    What begins as a multilayered tale of scientific discovery and cultural history gets reduced to a single maudlin idea: that even Charles Darwin had to evolve.
  6. 50
    Some questions just can't be answered by science, and the quandary of why Creation is so poundingly dull is one of them.
  7. It's impossible to say who's more unhinged: Darwin, caught between faith and reason, or the filmmakers.

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  1. Feb 18, 2012
    6
    Creation runs deep and is brim-full with raw human emotion but it's plodding pace keeps it from being anything more than an above-averageCreation runs deep and is brim-full with raw human emotion but it's plodding pace keeps it from being anything more than an above-average period drama. Expand

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