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Hawking Reviews

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Carolyn Y. Johnson
Boston Globe
January 31, 2014
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.
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David Hinckley
New York Daily News
January 29, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Verne Gay
Newsday
January 29, 2014
As billed, an intimate look at a genius, but the science gets a major haircut here.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
January 28, 2014
The lasting takeaway from the film is how much there is to this man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
September 17, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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David DeWitt
New York Times
September 12, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Annlee Ellingson
Los Angeles Times
September 12, 2013
What "Hawking" does do well is open a window onto how his mind works and the passions that ignite his soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
September 10, 2013
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.