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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
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 47
  2. Negative: 0 out of 47
  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: Kevin Harley
    Jan 9, 2015
    80
    A lovingly balanced biopic that fends off award-gobbling clichés. Smarts + heart = a winner: it’s a simple equation, but Marsh makes it add up.
  4. Reviewed by: Nikola Grozdanovic
    Sep 15, 2014
    75
    The film is a boilerplate biopic, but with stunning cinematography and a couple of fierce performances, The Theory of Everything is nothing if not an accomplished and emotional work of cinema.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Nov 13, 2014
    75
    The movie's pretty light on matters of science. It works best as a study of human vulnerability and love's way with us all, and as such, a handsomely mounted, slightly hollow picture by the end becomes a very affecting one.
  6. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Sep 15, 2014
    67
    No matter how much The Theory of Everything showcases the incredible process through which Hawking maintains a connection to the rest of the world, it falls short of burrowing inside his head.
  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: 63 out of 78
  2. Negative: 7 out of 78
  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 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
  2. Feb 8, 2015
    10
    Ever since I saw the first trailer, I was wanting to see this film. I am a very big Stephen Hawking fan, & I saw this film on New Year's Eve.Ever since I saw the first trailer, I was wanting to see this film. I am a very big Stephen Hawking fan, & I saw this film on New Year's Eve. Eddie Redmayne was not in the movie. That was Stephen Hawking himself! That is how great Redmayne was. This was really interesting to watch, & the science in this film really got my brain going. This is my favorite movie of 2014 & The Theory of Everything absolutely gets 5/5 stars! If Eddie Redmayne doesn't win the Best Actor oscar, it will be a sad day for us all. Expand
  3. Feb 22, 2015
    9
    This very subtle telling of an unimaginable real-life tale is superbly executed. Eddie Redmayne's portrayal of Stephen Hawking is about asThis very subtle telling of an unimaginable real-life tale is superbly executed. Eddie Redmayne's portrayal of Stephen Hawking is about as spot on as any real life biopic performance I've ever sen and Felicity Jones shines (as she has always promised to) in her role as Jane Hawking. Worthy of the Oscar buzz, you can not be disappointing with this production... Expand
  4. Dec 17, 2014
    8
    There may be some problems about its script and the way they told the story of Hawking, but The Theory of Everything is an exceptional filmThere may be some problems about its script and the way they told the story of Hawking, but The Theory of Everything is an exceptional film because of its acting.Eddie Redmayne gives an astonishing performance that makes you forget you are watching a film. Such an extraordinary work. Expand
  5. Mar 14, 2015
    7
    What "The Theory of Everything" lacks in substance it makes up for in the transformative and tremendously expressive performance by EddieWhat "The Theory of Everything" lacks in substance it makes up for in the transformative and tremendously expressive performance by Eddie Redmayne. He elevates what is otherwise quite a conventional and glossy entry to the biopic genre that is handsomely made, affecting and entertaining in its own right, but not nearly as thought-provoking as it ought to be. Expand
  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. Feb 24, 2015
    0
    Another mediocre film with okay performances. Redmaynes performance is ok but not amazing . However felicity jones is way too weak and hard toAnother mediocre film with okay performances. Redmaynes performance is ok but not amazing . However felicity jones is way too weak and hard to understand the hype.i hated the films tone , that Disneyish tone was awful and a serious biopic should be told like that Expand

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