The Imitation Game (2014)



Critic Consensus: With an outstanding starring performance from Benedict Cumberbatch illuminating its fact-based story, The Imitation Game serves as an eminently well-made entry in the "prestige biopic" genre.

Movie Info

During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of 'gross indecency', an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality - little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some sexual references, mature thematic material and historical smoking)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Graham Moore
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 31, 2015
Box Office: $91.1M
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as Alan Turing

as Joan Clarke

as John Cairncross

as Detective Robert Noc...

as Stewart Menzies

as Peter Hilton

as Hugh Alexander

as Commander Denniston

as Jack Good

as Sergeant Staehl

as Superintendent Smith

as Charles Richards

as Young Alan Turing

as Christopher Morcom

as Sherborne Student 1

as Sherborne Student 3

as Teacher

as Headmaster

as MI6 Agent

as Margaret

as Electrical Assistant

as Joan's Mother
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Critic Reviews for The Imitation Game

All Critics (229) | Top Critics (47)

Dazzlingly performed with great creativity. [full review in Spanish]

Full Review… | May 30, 2015
El Financiero

A flawed biopic anchored by solid performances and fascinating drama even if it poorly handles its gay subject matter.

Full Review… | May 11, 2015
Cinema Sight

A very thoughtful and bewildering drama about a man who was meant to do great things in a world that was not ready to accept his eccentricities.

Full Review… | April 7, 2015

An enthralling spy thriller-turned-prestige bio pic that features a world-class performance by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Full Review… | March 14, 2015
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

The intriguing subject matter is, to an increasingly dismaying degree, rendered moot by filmmaker Morten Tyldum's run-of-the-mill sensibilities...

Full Review… | February 13, 2015
Reel Film Reviews

As much as I wanted to suspend my disbelief and take pleasure in the actors' brilliance, The Imitation Game lacks credibility on every level. Still, Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley... [and] Mark Strong are terrific.

Full Review… | January 23, 2015

Audience Reviews for The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch's performance alone is worth the price of admission, but add in a very good screenplay with a very interesting subject and you get a great film. While I'm sure the story is full of inaccuracies in terms of the actual events of how the code is broken and how certain story lines play out, the film still does a great job informing its audience about great historical figure that many are unaware of.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer


A formulaic, flawed story concerning the father of computer science, Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), his closeted homosexuality, and the impact his work had on saving lives during the days of WWII. While Cumberbatch is a talented actor and a bonafide star in the business, he plays it too strong here. But the main problem this movie has is a major hole near the end that is factually untrue, which serves as nothing more than a rope to tie the story nicely together despite being completely made up. It is an interesting story, but it is a shame the makers of this movie sacrificed the integrity of the story itself for their own incorrect rendering of it.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

Brilliant acting, costumes, and script. Cumberbatch, Knightly and Dance are exceptionally good, as ever. Although the frequent time-hopping in the film can initially be difficult to follow, in the end, there are very solid reasons the story is so presented, to an impactful effect.

After seeing the film and discussing it with others, I was surprised to learn how few people knew the heroic and tragic tale of the man who essentially invented computers and won The War against Germany. This film is a fitting vehicle to introduce that history to new generations, with a story that is monumental without being heavy handed or Jingoistic.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

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