Creation Reviews

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Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine
September 24, 2014
An elegant, melancholy movie about storytelling, science vs. religion, family, life, and death.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
July 31, 2012
It became tedious when focusing on his [Darwin's] brittle emotions, often in a non-linear and random sort of way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
July 16, 2010
Director Jon Amiel has delivered on the promise of a good script, with a film that has a pleasing sense of forward motion, characters who suffer deeply, but are attractive because of it, morally, for the way they struggle through with love and belief.
Simon Weaving
July 15, 2010
Jon Amiel's film about Charles Darwin is a poorly structured and frequently drab affair focused on Darwin's daughter Annie, with occasional bursts of energy thanks to the wildlife cinematography and bouts of Victorian bonhomie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
July 14, 2010
Best described as Finding Neverland meets A Beautiful Mind, Creation meanders in dramatic urgency at times, but never loses a total connection with its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
July 14, 2010
The film indulges in one little bit of overkill towards the end, so unnecessary, but overall Creation is a very fine film indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
July 14, 2010
Creation is an emotionally complex film that examines faith, love, grief and passion through the key events that propelled Darwin to finish one of the most important books ever written.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Don Groves
July 13, 2010
The chief culprits are a laboured, poorly structured script by Aussie John Collee; the hackneyed device of having Darwin interact with the ghost of his dead daughter; and Jon Amiel's heavy-handed direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Beth Wilson
July 13, 2010
With solid performances, this film provides an interesting alternative look at one of the most influential scientists of the modern era.
Alicia Malone
FILMINK (Australia)
July 13, 2010
It's an intelligent and emotional film, which (judging by the struggle the filmmakers had of getting an American distributor) proves that Darwin is still making people think, more than 120 years after his death.
Alice Tynan
The Vine
July 12, 2010
Like the best of breeds, Creation is somewhat of a mixed bag.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
July 11, 2010
For the most part, it's a sombre and gloomy story about a dark period in Charles and Emma Darwin's lives in which the profoundly Christian Emma is in spiritual conflict with her husband over his scientific approach to the origin of species, including man
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 9, 2010
Shows that all faith, any faith, is made stronger through questioning and emotional trial.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Phil Hall
Film Threat
July 7, 2010
A mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 3, 2010
Disappointingly soapy drama about the domestic life of Charles Darwin (Paul Bettany). Jennifer Connelly plays his wife, Emma. A squandered opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 77/100
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
June 29, 2010
Complex drama gives teens and adults reason to think.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
June 16, 2010
A bit of a depressing slog, but thanks to the performances of its leads, it does have a satisfying ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
April 29, 2010
Some good acting and fine cinematography are watered down in a tepid yawner that moves with the speed of natural selection, but without its irresistible sense of purpose.
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders
April 13, 2010
A gripping personal drama surrounding the 1859 publication of the book which introduced the world-changing theory of evolution.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
March 17, 2010
An intriguing portrait of a man and a time that changed everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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