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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
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
January 22, 2010
Mr. Bettany is a fine and resourceful actor, but Creation is a battle he was doomed to lose.
January 23, 2010
More concerned with Darwin dwelling on the past instead of dealing with the future.
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.
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
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
July 12, 2010
Like the best of breeds, Creation is somewhat of a mixed bag.
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
January 22, 2010
There's an overarching emptiness at its core that sells the subject short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
January 23, 2010
Has strong performances and exquisite cinematography, but feels too bland, maudlin and ultimately underwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.25/10
February 12, 2010
In the end, Creation takes a huge and potentially fascinating story and evolves it into a piddly cliche.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
September 25, 2009
108 minutes of drizzle, scarlet fever and weeping in bonnets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
January 12, 2010
Darwin was a scared, weepy man obsessed with his young daughter.
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
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.
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
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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