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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 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. Amiel's greatest achievement is that Creation is a deeply human film with moments of genuine lightness and high spirits to go with all the deep thinking.
  2. It's smart, heartfelt, handsome and just mutated enough to sustain interest in a specialized subject.
  3. Jon Amiel's moody, and strangely moving, vignette of the naturalist is something else entirely. It is more about Darwin, father and husband, than Darwin the scientist.
  4. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Isn't about science vs. faith so much as that well-worn dramatic hook, the loss of a child.
  5. 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.
  6. As angst-filled as if it were "Amadeus" and "Lust for Life" rolled into one.
  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
    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-average period drama. Collapse