Professor Marston & The Wonder Women

Critics Consensus

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

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Total Count: 165

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In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, the film is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston to create the iconic Wonder Woman character in the 1940's. While Marston's feminist superhero was criticized by censors for her 'sexual perversity', he was keeping a secret that could have destroyed him. Marston's muses for the Wonder Woman character were his wife Elizabeth Marston and their lover Olive Byrne, two empowered women who defied convention: working with Marston on human behavior research -- while building a hidden life with him that rivaled the greatest of superhero disguises.

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Cast

Luke Evans
as Dr. William Moulton Marston
Rebecca Hall
as Elizabeth Marston
Bella Heathcote
as Olive Byrne
Connie Britton
as Josette Frank
J.J. Feild
as Charles Guyette
Maggie Castle
as Dorothy Roubicek
Alexa Havins
as Molly Stewart
Oliver Platt
as M.C. Gaines
Chris Gombos
as Fred Steward
Frank Ridley
as Manager
Ken Cheeseman
as Dean Liddy
Tom Kemp
as Harry Peter
Nicholas Dias
as Young Son
Lucinda Clare
as Theater Performer
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Critic Reviews for Professor Marston & The Wonder Women

All Critics (165) | Top Critics (37)

  • ... is ultimately undone by its corny conventionality.

    Nov 9, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • There's ample complexity and nuance written into these issues and characters, but it only intermittently coalesces to truly satisfying ends.

    Nov 9, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • One of the pleasures of this surprising film is the way it sidles up to its subject, establishing a veneer of normalcy, then flipping it so that we begin to challenge that idea.

    Nov 8, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's quite a story and a cinematic task writer-director Angela Robinson is not always up to. But I wasn't bored, and in this anemic year that's saying a mouthful.

    Oct 23, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Observer
    Top Critic
  • The attention paid to Elizabeth and Olive's roles in every aspect of Marston's crazy life is enough to brighten this film.

    Oct 17, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Writer-director Angela Robinson is interested in both her subjects and their ideas, and that counts for something.

    Oct 13, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Professor Marston & The Wonder Women

  • 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.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • 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 (Queer, sex positive, feminist), this begged for a less conventional approach.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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