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Hawking Reviews

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Carolyn Y. Johnson
Boston Globe
January 31, 2014
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.
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
September 19, 2013
The PR-stamped guide to Stephen Hawking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto
November 27, 2013
If you're unfamiliar with Hawking's theories on black holes and the Big Bang, this doc won't enlighten you. There's only a basic summary of his work before it's deemed too complex for anyone but cosmologists to grasp.
| Original Score: 2/5
Miles Fielder
The List
September 16, 2013
The problem here is not the material, it's what Finnigan does - or doesn't - do with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Verne Gay
Newsday
January 29, 2014
As billed, an intimate look at a genius, but the science gets a major haircut here.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
September 10, 2013
Finnigan wisely seizes on the gentle strength and charisma of Hawking's first wife, Jane Wilde. She imprints on the film as fully as her former husband, whose presence is still considerable.
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David DeWitt
New York Times
September 12, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Lowry
Total Film
September 15, 2013
There's an admirable refusal to canonise the prof, and we're left in no doubt that his life has not been plain sailing either for him or those he relies on ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emma Dibdin
Digital Spy
September 16, 2013
As a biopic, Hawking favours depth at the expense of breadth, but it does so with insight and elegance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Buckle
The Skinny
July 3, 2013
For all its wealth of detail, Stephen Hawking the man remains somewhat unknown.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Annlee Ellingson
Los Angeles Times
September 12, 2013
What "Hawking" does do well is open a window onto how his mind works and the passions that ignite his soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Hinckley
New York Daily News
January 29, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
September 15, 2013
Fascinating and deeply moving. Brings out Hawking's humility, warmth and wit. The best doc about Stephen Hawking ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
September 17, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 19, 2013
Si monumentum requiris, see this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
September 9, 2013
As with all personal documentaries, it is almost inevitable that what you gain in intimacy, you lose in objectivity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
September 16, 2013
Smartly crafted. An engaging, inspirational portrait of as unlikely an iconic figure as the last half-century has produced.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
September 19, 2013
Stephen Hawking proves to be an entertaining storyteller in this autobiographical documentary in which, with the help of two cowriters, he takes us on a trip through his life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 20, 2013
An engaging documentary about the world-famous physicist that emphasizes the challenges of his personal life and the resilience of his humor and spirit.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 27, 2013
It's involving, but the straightforward approach doesn't say much that we don't already know.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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