Creation Reviews

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November 17, 2011
April 29, 2010
Some good acting and fine cinematography are watered down in a tepid yawner that moves with the speed of natural selection, but without its irresistible sense of purpose.
March 17, 2010
An intriguing portrait of a man and a time that changed everything.
February 18, 2010
Jon Amiel, the film's director, tells his story with respect and some restraint, showing how sad and weakened Charles is and yet not ratcheting up his grief into unseemly melodrama.
February 12, 2010
A great moment in the history of ideas does not necessarily make for a great movie.
February 11, 2010
While the film's flashbacks and -forwards are disorienting, the performances give the film propulsion and poignancy.
February 11, 2010
It's smart, heartfelt, handsome and just mutated enough to sustain interest in a specialized subject.
January 25, 2010
The film is never less than intelligent and never more than accomplished.
January 22, 2010
Its view of life is that a paradigm-shifting breakthrough, rather than being the product of either solitary genius or cultural ferment, amounts instead to a pretext and a substitute for therapy.
January 22, 2010
For a movie that clearly seeks to bring Darwin to life, Creation spends an awful lot of time wallowing in death.
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.
January 22, 2010
Some questions just can't be answered by science, and the quandary of why Creation is so poundingly dull is one of them.
January 22, 2010
What begins as a drama about the birth of a great notion -- with its attendant battles between the pro and con sides -- instead becomes a dreary melodrama about family grief.
January 22, 2010
Mr. Bettany is a fine and resourceful actor, but Creation is a battle he was doomed to lose.
January 21, 2010
The film's attempt to depict challenging and thoughtful material is appreciated, even if the results are mixed.
January 21, 2010
Amiel has reduced a crucial moment in science to a Lifetime weepie about a workaholic who needs personal tragedy to wake him up to his wife's virtues.
January 21, 2010
After seeing the movie, a sense of insufficiency remains; we feel the need to read additional accounts to truly learn about the man who left such a huge imprint on science.
January 21, 2010
There are good performances and fleeting moments of exquisite moviemaking, but the experience as a whole is an evolutionary dead end. A dodo this is not, but rather a curiosity -- an aye-aye of a film, or a narwhal.
January 21, 2010
What begins as a multilayered tale of scientific discovery and cultural history gets reduced to a single maudlin idea: that even Charles Darwin had to evolve.
January 21, 2010
As period dramas go, Creation is quiet and modest, sparse in action and decked out with classy but unassuming costumes and sets.
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