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Reviews: The Imitation Game (2014)

imitation_gameReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Nel complesso, una delusione, che non rende giustizia al genio straordinario di Turing.
  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: The Imitation Game was respectable, almost inoffensive, and well-made. However, it’s a curious thing that for a film about someone who suffered emotionally and physically as a result of his homosexuality, Turing’s private life was frankly irrelevant to The Imitation Game.
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Entretenidísimo biopic del genial Alan Turing que supera lo excesivamente medido de su aspecto técnico con un ritmo vibrante y un despliegue interpretativo fantástico. Muy, muy recomendable.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Cumberbath carries his intelligence with him from role to role, like Jennifer Lawrence’s likability or Tommy Lee Jones’ gruffness, and it allows each character to start with a set of expectations, and work forward from there. In the case of ‘The Imitation Game,’ that specific quality helps elevate what could’ve been a rote boilerplate biopic into a film with the spark of a live wire.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: A great performance by Benedict Cumberbatch and an illuminating portrait of the large role secrets can play in our lives.
  • Enrique Buchichio @ Cartelera.com.uy [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: La película funciona como thriller de espionaje en tiempos de guerra y también como retrato biográfico de una personalidad atormentada y brillante, una estupenda labor protagónica de Benedict Cumberbatch.
  • Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: La vida de Alan Turing contada con buen pulso y, tal vez, con demasiada seguridad.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: La película tiene una dirección muy elegante, y narrativamente es muy clara, explicándote muy bien cómo son todas las situaciones y personajes. Además tiene un gran reparto, donde destacan un impresionante Benedict Cumberbatch, y una muy simpática Keira Knightley.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The Imitation Game is simple, but it is also cogent in making the case for its subject’s place in history…
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘The Imitation Game’ is the fascinating story of Alan Turing (played by an indelible Benedict Cumberbatch) and his contributions to a top secret military project that turned the tides in WWII.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Engrossing, if emotionally evasive – featuring Benedict Cumberbatch’s exceptional performance…
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod
    • Excerpt: Just as Alan Turing’s machine was ingeniously constructed specifically to crack German code, The Imitation Game is merely a mechanism assembled out of spare parts, designed to crack the Oscar code.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: For most of the run time, The Imitation Game remains a highly polished, beautifully acted picture. That mystifying resolution though.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A marvelous combination of thrilling intellectual adventure and sensitive portrait of a man ahead of his time both personally and professionally.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Did the geeks win World War II?
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: Modern computing would be nowhere without the great mathematician Alan Turing, but his once-classified World War II achievement helped turn the tide of World War II and makes for a fitting, if sometimes disappointing adaptation of his life.
  • Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit
    • Excerpt: Intriguing character study and exciting war drama rolled into one
  • Alan Mattli @ The Zurich English Student
    • Excerpt: It is an accomplished narrative feature in the famously reserved British way, but a movie can only be so streamlined before it starts to veer towards featurelessness.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Imitation of life…
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Review from the Toronto International Film Festival
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Uma grande prestação de Benedict Cumberbatch não é suficiente para elevar “The Imitation Game” para uma dimensão extra.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: “Ah hah!” Turing exclaims during a barroom exchange, comically ruining Hugh’s pickup attempt. He’s finally got it! What if the machine didn’t have to try to decode everything, but instead based its analyses across the common words that end every transmission (“Heil Hitler!”). Brilliant! But as someone who once did a cryptogram in a local newspaper, I’m sitting there thinking, isn’t that the first damn thing you’d look for?
  • Nuno Reis @ Antestreia [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Esses facilitismos destroem tudo o que o filme pudesse fazer de bom e mesmo com um elenco de sonho, não consegue cativar quem está na plateia pelo desafio mental e se quer sentir envolvido no processo.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk
    • Excerpt: What I liked most about The Imitation Game, though, is how clearly it presented Turing’s work and achievements, and how the soap opera of his personal life is given second billing.
  • Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: The Imitation Game is a very entertaining movie. It could have been a lot more than that.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: The Imitation Game is one of those miracle films that could have gone wrong in a dozen different ways. Yet with good writing, and a brilliantly layered performance by Benedict Cumberbatch who gives the year’s best performance, the movie finds its heart as well as its historical urgency.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: The Imitation Game is not flawless – the film’s pace feels rushed and Cumberbatch is surrounded mainly by thinly drawn characters – but it is a very solid film, led by great performances and witty writing, uncovering and detailing a very important – yet lesser-known – part of World War II history.
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Genius mathematician Alan Turning finally takes center stage as the father of the modern computer, an unsung British hero of World War II, and as a victim of Britain’s draconian punishment of gays in this well-rounded biopic about the man who broke the Nazi’s cryptographic code machine — the “Enigma.”
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Despite the instances when it strays from, or grossly simplifies, the record…succeeds in presenting an affecting portrait of Alan Turing.
  • Sarah Ward @ artsHub
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: A rich performance with the pathos and drama of a new age of technology set within the hardships of war.
Updated: July 7, 2015 — 4:26 pm

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