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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
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
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 22, 2010
Mr. Bettany is a fine and resourceful actor, but Creation is a battle he was doomed to lose.
William Goss
January 23, 2010
More concerned with Darwin dwelling on the past instead of dealing with the future.
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.
James Cameron-Wilson
Filmstar Magazine
September 25, 2009
By focusing on the naturalist's reclusiveness, the film deprives the viewer of the visceral rush of discovery that we're conditioned to associate with Darwin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Drew McWeeny
January 30, 2010
It's a film about ideas, but it skips across the surface of those ideas, and dramatically, the film just lays there
Alice Tynan
The Vine
July 12, 2010
Like the best of breeds, Creation is somewhat of a mixed bag.
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
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
January 22, 2010
There's an overarching emptiness at its core that sells the subject short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Edward Douglas
September 14, 2009
Darwin came up with some interesting theories about life but didn't have an interesting enough life to have made a movie about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 23, 2010
Has strong performances and exquisite cinematography, but feels too bland, maudlin and ultimately underwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.25/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 12, 2010
In the end, Creation takes a huge and potentially fascinating story and evolves it into a piddly cliche.
| Original Score: 1/4
Robbie Collin
News of the World
September 25, 2009
108 minutes of drizzle, scarlet fever and weeping in bonnets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
January 20, 2010
Jon Amiel's portrait of Darwin's efforts to accept and acclimate to a new reality is mucked up by all manner of directorial flim-flam.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Victoria Alexander
January 12, 2010
Darwin was a scared, weepy man obsessed with his young daughter.
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
Simon Abrams
New York Press
January 27, 2010
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.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 22, 2010
Although the movie tenderly observes the relationship between father and daughter and has some heart-rending moments, there isn't a lot of doubt why it got made: because actors love to do crazy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
January 15, 2010
Though not especially revealing about Charles Darwin the scientist, "Creation" enjoys the power of Paul Bettany doing the thing he does best, create a character.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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