Professor Marston & the Wonder Women

2017, Biography, 1h 48m

181 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Professor Marston & The Wonder Women winds a lasso of cinematic truth around a fascinating fact-based tale with strong performances from its three stars. Read critic reviews

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If behind every great man is a great woman, then Harvard psychologist and inventor Dr. William Moulton Marston has the good fortune of having two -- his wife Elizabeth and their mutual lover Olive Byrne. In addition to helping him perfect the lie detector test, the two women also inspire him to create one of the greatest female superheroes of all time -- the beloved comic book character Wonder Woman.

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  • Apr 06, 2018
    Inspired by a true story, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is fascinating biopic about the man who created the DC superhero Wonder Woman. The film follows Harvard psychologist William Marston as he works to develop a lie detector machine and forms a polyamorous relationship between himself, his wife, and a student, which leads to him becoming a pariah in academia and taking up comic book writing. It also attempts to link the sexual overtones in the Wonder Woman comic to Marston's DISC theory and the sexual proclivities of his relationship with his wife and student. Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, and Bella Heathcote all give strong performances and have good on-screen chemistry. However, before long it drops the facade about being about the Wonder Woman comic and frame story about the its fight with the comic code authority, and just becomes blatant polyamory propaganda. Still, propaganda aside, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is an interesting (if not over romanticized) look at the inspiration behind one of the most influential feminist icons of the 20th century.
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  • Mar 09, 2018
    It's not often a movie can make me feel An Emotion(TM), but with Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, I sure did. It doesn't exploit those avenues as well as it perhaps could have, and feels underdeveloped in a great many of its aspects, but still as both biopic and character drama, Wonder Women is a success. There are better movies than Professor Marston and the Wonder Women out there for a person to watch, but its hard to imagine there being one more timely.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2018
    "When are you going to stop justifying the whims of your cock with science?" This movie gets 3.5 stars for that line of dialogue alone.
    Philip P Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2018
    Given the subject matter this movie really needed a less conventional approach.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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