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  • Summary: Hawking is the extraordinary story of the planet's most famous living scientist, told for the first time in his own words and by those closest to him. Made with unique access to Hawking's private life, this is an intimate and moving journey into Stephen's world, both past and present. AnHawking is the extraordinary story of the planet's most famous living scientist, told for the first time in his own words and by those closest to him. Made with unique access to Hawking's private life, this is an intimate and moving journey into Stephen's world, both past and present. An inspirational portrait of an iconic figure, Hawking relates his incredible personal journey from boyhood under-achiever, to PhD genius, to being diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease and given just two years to live. Despite the constant threat of death, Hawking manages to make many remarkable scientific discoveries and rises to fame and super-stardom. Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Sep 10, 2013
    80
    Finnigan wisely seizes on the gentle strength and charisma of Hawking's first wife, Jane Wilde. She imprints on the film as fully as her former husband.
  2. Reviewed by: David DeWitt
    Sep 12, 2013
    70
    Mr. Hawking — no shy and retiring genius, he — has star quality that he lets shine, whatever the limitations of its packaging.
  3. Reviewed by: Annlee Ellingson
    Sep 12, 2013
    70
    What Hawking does do well is open a window onto how his mind works and the passions that ignite his soul.
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  1. Dec 15, 2014
    8
    4/5★ Hawking
    He is the most celebrated scientist of our time, and will be mentioned in the same breath as Newton and Einstein, but he remains
    4/5★ Hawking
    He is the most celebrated scientist of our time, and will be mentioned in the same breath as Newton and Einstein, but he remains a optimistic, modest and hardworking man. He did not allow a crippling disease stop his work and has lived decades past what doctors said he could.
    Hawking cannot speak and must use an electronic speaking voice to convey his thoughts, but his good humor and passion comes through the robotic voice. The film is a little too brief yet informative and touches on the important points of his life and career. There is no self-pity, just an enthusiasm for life and all its mysteries.
    Verdict: Must see.
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