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A Brief History of Time (1992)




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A Brief History of Time is based on cosmologist Stephen Hawking's 1988 bestseller of the same name. This anecdotal film concerns itself as much with Hawking's day-to-day life as it does with his unorthodox theories about the universe. Only the most close-minded viewer will be bothered by the ALS-suffering Hawking's physical appearance and his inability to move and speak without assistance (as narrator of the film, he utilizes a voice synthesizer, which he capriciously refers to as "my American accent"). Director Errol Morris inventively adopts a semi-dramatized approach to his interviews with Hawking's friends and relatives: they all appear in fabricated sets, and are lovingly photographed and lit as if they were starring in a film. Though of necessity a "talking heads" effort, A Brief History of Time is also cunningly and subtly cinematic. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

Few of us can judge Hawking's intellect, but any of us can sense that fire, that insistence of self on self.

Full Review… | April 11, 2016
The New Republic
Top Critic

Morris. Hawking. Two of my favorite artists together. It couldn't miss, and it didn't.

Full Review… | March 19, 2014
Movie Metropolis

[The film has] a sophisticated agenda that's more about association than data or personal trivia, and Morris' philosophy takes it to places a conventional documentary could never go.

Full Review… | March 17, 2014
The Dissolve

A really fun ride.

April 19, 2009

It's accessible, informative and entertaining.

Full Review… | January 25, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A capable documentary, but the title's misleading. It's more about Hawking himself than the book this docu takes its name from.

December 19, 2002

Audience Reviews for A Brief History of Time

My favorite filmmaker, Errol Morris, has directed some of the greatest documentaries of all time, and "A Brief History of Time" is no exception. Both a bio pic of Stephen Hawking, and a look at Hawking's mind blowing theories. A must-see for both science fans, and documentary fans.

Joshua Gonsalves
Joshua Gonsalves

Having never read the book the material was all new to me. I thought the theories were interesting but a bit beyond me as to how he arrived at them. I found the biographical parts of the movie much more compelling. It made the case that sometimes the most gifted people are the hardest to motivate. While watching it made me wonder how many other Stephen Hawking's are out there but will never be known because the circumstances didn't line up for them to reach their true potential. Overall a good watch.

Travis Barker
Travis Barker

Plays with your head - in a good way.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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