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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.

April 11, 2016 | Full Review…
The New Republic
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Morris. Hawking. Two of my favorite artists together. It couldn't miss, and it didn't.

March 19, 2014 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
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.

March 17, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
The Dissolve

A really fun ride.

April 19, 2009 | Rating: 4/5
ColeSmithey.com

It's accessible, informative and entertaining.

January 25, 2009 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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 | Rating: 3/5
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Plays with your head - in a good way.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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It has the potential to be a snoozefest but it is well shot and therefore both the film and subject keep your interest. Everyone should have the experience of seeing what spending time with Mr. Hawking is really like.

John Ballantine
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