Hawking (2013)



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Hawking is the extraordinary story of the planet's most famous living scientist, told for the first time in his own words and by those closest to him. Made with unique access to Hawking's private life, this is an intimate and moving journey into Stephen's world, both past and present. An inspirational portrait of an iconic figure, Hawking relates his incredible personal journey from boyhood underachiever, to Ph.D. genius, to being diagnosed with ALS (or Lou Gehrig's disease) and given just two years to live. Despite the constant threat of death, Hawking makes amazing scientific discoveries and rises to fame and superstardom. (c) IFC
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Critic Reviews for Hawking

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (8)

For a person who is keenly aware of the downside of fame - he worries that he is known as much for his illness as he is for his scientific discoveries - the storytelling falls short.

Full Review… | January 31, 2014
Boston Globe
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He talks a lot about his two wives. This makes Hawking unusually revealing, because his life has almost always been framed in terms of his mental brilliance.

Full Review… | January 29, 2014
New York Daily News
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As billed, an intimate look at a genius, but the science gets a major haircut here.

Full Review… | January 29, 2014
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The lasting takeaway from the film is how much there is to this man.

Full Review… | January 28, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
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The focus is on Hawking's scientific achievements and celebrity status at the expense of much emotional content, but it's hardly fair to expect a warts-and-all portrait

Full Review… | September 16, 2013
Time Out
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The movie has the typical mix of interviews and archival pictures, serving mostly linear storytelling, with hardly a frame of surprising or pretty filmmaking. Maybe creativity can take a rest when you're letting an oddly charismatic genius have his say.

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Hawking

An incredibly interesting life and an interesting personality elevates the documentary above its poor direction. Benefiting from Hawking's own narration, Hawking, the film, is effective at telling the story of his life, but that's it. Now, maybe that's enough for most viewers, but I want my documentaries to do a little more. I want to get a sense of this person, I want an angle on the story, and Hawking gives us none of that. It doesn't even give us enough stylish direction to make everything very interesting. But in the end, the story of Hawking's life is so interesting it doesn't really matter. The film holds your interest, because you want to know more about his story. Perhaps in the hand of a more capable director this film could have been great, but what we have is definitely a serviceable documentary.

Nathan Martin
Nathan Martin

One of the most brilliant scientific minds to ever exists is trapped inside of the prison that is his body. This documentary focuses on Stephen Hawking and his work. We're also shown what daily life is like for him as he is completely paralyzed due to ALS. As much as I enjoyed this, I can't wait to see the theatrical film about his life called "The Theory of Everything" which comes out this November. It was said to have moved Stephen to tears.

Steven Odinson
Steven Odinson

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