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Reviews: The Theory of Everything (2014)

theory_of_everythingReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Il rapporto complesso tra Jane e Stephen è però tratteggiato con grande equilibrio, senza scene madri, ma senza nascondere tradimenti e sgradevolezze, inevitabili nel corso di una lunga vita insieme.
  • Dragan Antulov @ FAK [Croatian]
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: James Marsh nos invita a conocer mejor a una de las figuras más relevantes de la Historia moderna, un icono inamovible que no habría llegado a dónde está sin el apoyo de una mujer verdaderamente increíble. Un biopic repleto de humanidad.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: There’s nothing remotely offensive about it, and no real gaping flaws to speak of; it’s fine. Predictably, maddeningly fine.
  • Danny Baldwin @ Critic Speak
  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: We end up seeing much less of the world as Stephen experiences it and much more of how the world sees Stephen. But we already knew how we saw him before we went to the movie.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
    • Excerpt: Standardly told, yet executing the complicated parameters and perils of the biopic quite satisfactorily, it may not be as brilliant as its subject, but it’s a moving piece of cinema nonetheless.
  • William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: Eddie Redmayne makes for a great Stephen Hawking in a biopic that doesn’t make for a great movie.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Josh Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: Touching story about a couple able to weather many challenges thanks to their partnership approach to marriage.
  • Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Una película desinflante, que se queda corta frente a la importancia del personaje que retrata y lo convierte en el simple protagonista de un melodrama.
  • William Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Eddie Redmayne’s captivating performance will be compared to Daniel Day Lewis’s achievement in “My Left Foot,” but it is important to note how much life, joy and humor he brings to the role with little more than a cocked eyebrow, a few facial muscles and his eyes
  • Andy Crump @ Paste Magazine
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: There’s a potentially interesting story in The Theory of Everything, James Marsh’s film about the life of Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and his relationship with his first wife Jane (Felicity Jones). Unfortunately, it was already told in 2004 and it starred Benedict Cumberbatch.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: El conjunto está logrado a medias por un guión que siempre se queda en la superficie, y que no sabe preparar y explotar momentos.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Surely there’s more to Hawking’s life than this.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: The Theory of Everything’ – A Movie About Stephen Hawking…And The Woman Who Loves Him
  • Dustin Freeley @ Movies About Gladiators
    • Excerpt: A study in time, compression, and interaction.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘The Theory of Everything’ is an inspiring biopic about Stephen Hawking that is well-deserving of its Oscar buzz, especially in regards to its main actor.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Extraordinary and inspirational, Eddie Redmayne realizes a challenging physical, mental and emotional transformation, comparable to Daniel Day-Lewis’ in ‘My Left Foot.’
  • Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod
    • Excerpt: Too relentlessly palatable and smoothed-over to be memorable beyond Oscar season.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: There have been many many great performances at the movies, but a significantly smaller number where the actor chosen for the part so perfectly resembles the individual in speech, behavior and physicality that you indeed forget you’re watching an actor. Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking is that kind of a performnace.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: The first half of the film is the best movie of the year. Learn about the intellectual rise and physical decline of Stephen Hawking, warts and all.
  • Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: For a “prestige picture,” “The Theory of Everything” isn’t much more than a conventional biopic. Far and away, one will take away its two stirringly excellent acting notices as this film’s “everything.”
  • Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
    • Excerpt: The Theory of Everything is a thought-provoking tale of perseverance grounded by leads Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: “The Theory of Everything” doesn’t quite do him justice even if it tries really hard to please everyone.
  • James Marsh @ The Society For Film
    • Excerpt: One of the most talked-about films this year in the run-up to awards season, The Theory of Everything is an adaptation of Jane Hawking’s book about her understandably strained relationship with her first husband, celebrated quantum physicist Professor Stephen Hawking. As everyone should be aware, Hawking came to prominence as much for his breakout theories about black holes and the origins of time, as for the fact he was debilitated by crippling motor neurone disease.
  • Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: There are moments of magic in James Marsh’s film, but for the most part, ‘The Theory of Everything’ is an entertaining run-of-the-mill biopic.
  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: The one good thing about this film is that, when it’s over, you are ready for a Cassavetes, an Altman, a Godard, a Loach, a Fellini, something, anything alive.
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: Two incredible performances elevate “The Theory of Everything” above your standard biopic fare.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Love, a variable that works its way into Hawking’s work just as much as God himself does, radiates through every scene of the Hawkings’ courtship and marriage. Like peas and potatoes, all good things find a balance. – See more at: http://www.cinemablographer.com/2014/11/like-peas-and-potatoes-theory-of-everything-review.html
  • Frank Ochieng @ SF Crowsnest
    • Excerpt: Convincingly moving, literate, perceptive and gloriously executed, ‘The Theory Of Everything’ is a resounding character study of academic excellence and professional prominence in the face of both earth-shattering achievement and personalized adversity.
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: The Theory of Everything é uma das mais belas histórias de esperança, amor e coragem que Hollywood viu nos últimos tempos, quanto mais não seja porque é uma história de amor com falhas humanas e muito realista.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: This is a well-made film in almost every regard – Jóhann Jóhannsson’s memorable score and Benoît Delhomme’s evocative cinematography are also noteworthy – but the concept and approach simply turned me off.
  • Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: It has, however, one extraordinary feature that lifts it above the level of a Lifetime entertainment and gives it wings. Eddie Redmayne is brilliant in his transformation into the gnarled, twisted physical wreck of the Hawking we know, body confined to a wheelchair, voice produced by machine, mind soaring through time and space.
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Although it includes an outstanding performance by Eddie Redmayne in the role of the renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, “The Theory of Everything” is formulaic to a fault.
  • David Upton @ So So Gay
    • Excerpt: It’s through Redmayne, more than anything the script allows, that Hawking truly seems like the special subject he should seem; the actor clarifies Hawking’s love for his studies and for Jane through the gushing quickness of his speech as the film begins, and increasingly through his expression and that twinkle in his eyes.
  • Sarah Ward @ artsHub
Updated: July 20, 2015 — 10:09 pm

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