• PG-13, 1 hr. 48 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Jon Amiel
    In Theaters:
    Jan 22, 2010 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 29, 2010
  • Newmarket Films

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Creation Reviews

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Steven D. Greydanus
Christianity Today

The film comes down, in a sense, to what Emma thinks after reading The Origin of Species. Of her verdict she can only say, "May God forgive us both."

Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 5, 2010
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[A] gentle movie... about science as a human endeavor, as noble and contradictory and sometimes as wrenching a thing as making great art or journeying to unknown lands.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

March 5, 2010
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever

...more melodramatic than meaningful. It's a well-intentioned piece that nonetheless is a true snooze.

Full Review Source: Movie Retriever

February 19, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Jon Amiel, the film's director, tells his story with respect and some restraint, showing how sad and weakened Charles is and yet not ratcheting up his grief into unseemly melodrama.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

February 18, 2010
Tom Long
Detroit News
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A great moment in the history of ideas does not necessarily make for a great movie.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

February 12, 2010
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

In the end, Creation takes a huge and potentially fascinating story and evolves it into a piddly cliche.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

February 12, 2010
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Bettany's sheepish performance fails to engage, and Connelly, his wife in real life, seems distant and frigid. There is no sense of romance between them. That may be accurate, but it's no fun to watch.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 11, 2010
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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While the film's flashbacks and -forwards are disorienting, the performances give the film propulsion and poignancy.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

February 11, 2010
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

The natural selection that determines box- office performance will ruthlessly expose the inherent flaws in Creation, a lugubrious Charles Darwin biopic.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: C

February 11, 2010
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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It's smart, heartfelt, handsome and just mutated enough to sustain interest in a specialized subject.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

February 11, 2010
Andy Klein
Brand X

... an intelligent approach as far as it goes, though it's hard not to wish that the film had been a little bolder in examining the touchy issues created by Darwin's work.

Full Review Source: Brand X

February 10, 2010
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

A muttenchop enthusiast's delight that's part historical drama, part hysterical drama, Creation bears no evidence of evolution in storytelling nuance.

Full Review Source: Shared Darkness | Original Score: D

February 5, 2010
Drew McWeeny
HitFix

It's a film about ideas, but it skips across the surface of those ideas, and dramatically, the film just lays there

Full Review Source: HitFix

January 30, 2010
Brandon Judell
CultureCatch

If you're hungering for those old Ken-Russell, over-the-top biopics on the likes of Tchaikovsky (The Music Lovers) or Mahler, the ones where everyone, including the audiences, could benefit from a prescription for Paxil, hunger no longer.

Full Review Source: CultureCatch

January 30, 2010
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

It's fascinating to consider what a heavy burden Darwin must have carried as he prepared to tell the world that it wasn't, in fact, created in seven days.

Full Review Source: Washington City Paper

January 29, 2010
Simon Abrams
New York Press

Amiel commits the cardinal sin of biopics and confuses unenlightening biographical speculation with cutting insight into how a work of such complexity and sheer intelligence was created.

Full Review Source: New York Press

January 27, 2010
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

A film that keeps us from taking the theory of evolution for granted. Darwin paid for those words.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 8/10

January 25, 2010
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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The film is never less than intelligent and never more than accomplished.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

January 25, 2010
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com

effective as a study of loss and inventive when conveying Darwin's complex relationship with nature

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

January 25, 2010
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Has strong performances and exquisite cinematography, but feels too bland, maudlin and ultimately underwhelming.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 5.25/10

January 23, 2010
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