• Hawking
    3 minutes 41 seconds
    Added: Jan 14, 2014


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Hawking Reviews

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Carolyn Y. Johnson
Boston Globe
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For a person who is keenly aware of the downside of fame - he worries that he is known as much for his illness as he is for his scientific discoveries - the storytelling falls short.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe

January 31, 2014
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies

The PR-stamped guide to Stephen Hawking.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

September 19, 2013
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto

If you're unfamiliar with Hawking's theories on black holes and the Big Bang, this doc won't enlighten you. There's only a basic summary of his work before it's deemed too complex for anyone but cosmologists to grasp.

Full Review Source: NOW Toronto | Original Score: 2/5

November 27, 2013
Miles Fielder
The List

The problem here is not the material, it's what Finnigan does - or doesn't - do with it.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 2/5

September 16, 2013
Verne Gay
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As billed, an intimate look at a genius, but the science gets a major haircut here.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: B

January 29, 2014
Chris Packham
Village Voice
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Finnigan wisely seizes on the gentle strength and charisma of Hawking's first wife, Jane Wilde. She imprints on the film as fully as her former husband, whose presence is still considerable.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 10, 2013
David DeWitt
New York Times
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The movie has the typical mix of interviews and archival pictures, serving mostly linear storytelling, with hardly a frame of surprising or pretty filmmaking. Maybe creativity can take a rest when you're letting an oddly charismatic genius have his say.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 12, 2013
Andrew Lowry
Total Film

There's an admirable refusal to canonise the prof, and we're left in no doubt that his life has not been plain sailing either for him or those he relies on ...

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

September 15, 2013
Emma Dibdin
Digital Spy

As a biopic, Hawking favours depth at the expense of breadth, but it does so with insight and elegance.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 3/5

September 16, 2013
Chris Buckle
The Skinny

For all its wealth of detail, Stephen Hawking the man remains somewhat unknown.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 3/5

July 3, 2013
Annlee Ellingson
Los Angeles Times
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What "Hawking" does do well is open a window onto how his mind works and the passions that ignite his soul.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 12, 2013
David Hinckley
New York Daily News
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He talks a lot about his two wives. This makes Hawking unusually revealing, because his life has almost always been framed in terms of his mental brilliance.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

January 29, 2014
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Fascinating and deeply moving. Brings out Hawking's humility, warmth and wit. The best doc about Stephen Hawking ever made.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 9.5/10

September 15, 2013
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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The focus is on Hawking's scientific achievements and celebrity status at the expense of much emotional content, but it's hardly fair to expect a warts-and-all portrait

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

September 17, 2013
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Si monumentum requiris, see this film.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 19, 2013
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

As with all personal documentaries, it is almost inevitable that what you gain in intimacy, you lose in objectivity.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 9, 2013
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

Smartly crafted. An engaging, inspirational portrait of as unlikely an iconic figure as the last half-century has produced.

Full Review Source: Shared Darkness | Original Score: B+

September 16, 2013
Rich Cline

Stephen Hawking proves to be an entertaining storyteller in this autobiographical documentary in which, with the help of two cowriters, he takes us on a trip through his life.

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

September 19, 2013
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

An engaging documentary about the world-famous physicist that emphasizes the challenges of his personal life and the resilience of his humor and spirit.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

September 20, 2013
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

It's involving, but the straightforward approach doesn't say much that we don't already know.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3/5

September 27, 2013
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