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  • Summary: Once a healthy, active young man, Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With his wife Jane (Felicity Jones) fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of - time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Nov 13, 2014
    100
    Just in physical terms, Eddie Redmayne transformation’s into Stephen Hawking is something remarkable.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Nov 20, 2014
    88
    A brainy bio that exerts a gravitational pull on the heartstrings.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Nov 13, 2014
    80
    The Theory of Everything breaks down simply, perhaps too much so: a great performance in a good movie.
  4. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Nov 13, 2014
    75
    It’s an exceptional film, not because of its protagonists’ impressive triumphs, but because it honors their struggle.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Nov 21, 2014
    70
    The film gives Jones (Oxford) a chance to take control of its emotional center, and she seizes it with spectacular subtlety. She proves that behind this Great Man movie is a woman – an actress – who’s every bit her man’s equal.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Nov 13, 2014
    63
    This is a well-made, well-acted but unexceptional film about one of the most exceptional figures of the last half-century.
  7. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Nov 5, 2014
    42
    It takes Hawking getting out of his wheelchair — a sequence as tender as it is tasteless — for The Theory Of Everything to register as anything more than impersonal kitsch. It is the one ballsy moment in an otherwise thoroughly neutered movie.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Nov 7, 2014
    10
    Being a fan of Hawking myself, I was impressed by James Marsh's Hawking flick, with great acting and brilliant screenplay, although some information was a little inaccurate, it is still the only Stephen Hawking film that I have ever seen, so I didn't know what to expect. Expand
  2. Nov 10, 2014
    10
    What makes "The Theory of Everything" a sure Best Picture contender is it's brilliant storytelling and captivating performances by each actors/actresses. The film is played like a love letter by the way the movie danced around its tone and dialogues. The screenplay is very concise and direct; there is a clear beginning and an end. The film utilizes music effectively by allowing it to be the narrative. Sometimes just a moving picture and sound can tell a story like in Pixar's "Up" and Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist," simplicity is at most always better. The movie is inspiring and beautiful. Expand
  3. Nov 23, 2014
    8
    The two leads, Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones give performances that are simply remarkable with a score that is surprisingly good and important to the story. Expand
  4. Nov 14, 2014
    7
    A generally well-crafted and engaging biopic about the personal and professional life of world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking. Despite an occasional tendency to be overly earnest in its delivery and some slow pacing in the last half-hour, the picture is an informative and enjoyable time at the show, with a positively stellar performance by Eddie Redmayne in the lead role. Expand
  5. Nov 16, 2014
    7
    "Theory of Everything" is, as most people know, the story of Stephen Hawking and his adult life-long battle with a motor deficiency disease (ALS). It is also the story of self-sacrifice and dedication as told through the eyes of his wife of 25 years, Jane, who, together with Anthony McClaren, co authored the screenplay based on her book "My Life With Stephen". The film was directed by James Marsh and stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. One must approach this film as both a factual summary of the trials and efforts of a genius confined to the prison of his voiceless and motionless body and, also, as an entertainment vehicle. For the former the film serves its purpose well and is made even more believable by Mr. Redmayne’s remarkable likeness to Mr. Hawkng and the performances given by both he and Ms. Jones. As to the latter, the film is certainly not "entertaining" in the true sense of the word but represents one of those "should see" see films because of its biographical data and the efforts of its two stars. This is indeed a difficult film to rate for much depends on the needs and desires of the viewer and whether he or she considers watching Mr. Redmayne’s character struggle with a catastrophic disability for over 2 hours worth the effort. My experience of the film may well have been affected by the fact that I saw a PBS documentary with the real life Hawkings a few days earlier. That being said, I give the film a 7 rating because it basically is locked to the actual story of the subjects with little or no poetic license or interest creating insertions.. Remember, though, as with "My Left Foot",also a fairly difficult film to watch, it did earn Danel Day Lewis an Oscar and I wouldn’t be surprised if the same fate awaited Mr. Redmayne. Expand
  6. Nov 9, 2014
    4
    I'd never recommend this movie. I'd read that the emphasis would be on Hawking's school life and his romance with his first wife. Unfortunately, that only comprises the first half of the film. The second half is entirely too slow. The sequences of Hawking struggling to pull himself up his staircase - looking at his son at the top of the stairs - mirrored many of the people in our theater struggling to get to the end of this film. Sure, Redmayne is awesome, but when he gets into his "My Left Foot" mode, that's no longer acting, in my opinion. I'd much rather award an actor for subtle, true moments - not pretending like he or she is physically disabled. Seems far too easy. Pandering. The movie simply needs editing. And I would have loved to hear more about the Quantum Physics vs. Astro Physics relationship that they merely touch upon. Expand
  7. Nov 18, 2014
    0
    Contrived, poorly written, and executed by someone who clearly struggles to convey melodrama over documentaries. Redmayne's performance is greatly overrated--lower your expectations lest you be as disappointed as I. Far from the next My Left Foot, he shows greatest success in mimicry but fails to convey any consistent character beyond. Felicity Jones is nice and works well with all the cliches, but it is pointless in this ultimately purposeless BBC-grade drama. Expand

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