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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 hasOnce 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 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  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: Mike Scott
    Nov 27, 2014
    40
    And let's be honest: Hawking and Wilde's romance is lovely in its own way. But his scientific work? That's important. That's staggering. That's life-changing, not just for him, but for all of us. And The Theory of Everything? Despite that title, and despite those performances, it just doesn't feel like any of those things.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Dec 6, 2014
    10
    Eddie Redmaye will probably be oscar nominated. As for the movie, if only there were more people as loyal, noble and good-hearted as Jane andEddie Redmaye will probably be oscar nominated. As for the movie, if only there were more people as loyal, noble and good-hearted as Jane and Jonathan who helped take care of Stephen. It's truly amazing how Stephen didn't lose his will to live and instead thrived. But I think that's due to Jane. It's a wonderful story about human will and human good will. 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 eachWhat 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 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 someBeing 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
  4. 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 andThe 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
  5. Dec 7, 2014
    7
    Good movie, did not expect this emotional rollercoaster.
    I'm a fan on science (whether fiction or non-fiction) and there's not much theory in
    Good movie, did not expect this emotional rollercoaster.
    I'm a fan on science (whether fiction or non-fiction) and there's not much theory in here, just barely whetting an appetite for knowledge.
    Initial reaction is to feel empathy or sympathy for Hawking, but later you realize he's persevering, well past anyone's expectations (even his own, with the help of his wife).
    Great biopic of a genius among us, portraying the real struggles we all can relate to.
    In summary, good date movie, see it in theaters if nothing else is available, otherwise wait for it on Redbox or rental.
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  6. Dec 15, 2014
    7
    The movie itself is OK, the acting is what prompts a higher rating. The film did seem a bit top heavy (first half was moreThe movie itself is OK, the acting is what prompts a higher rating. The film did seem a bit top heavy (first half was more intriguing/character development focused) while the second half (although well acted) definitely dragged on. Expand
  7. Nov 18, 2014
    0
    Contrived, poorly written, and executed by someone who clearly struggles to convey melodrama over documentaries. Redmayne's performance isContrived, 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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