Tesla

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Appropriately bold and ambitious, Tesla takes a number of risks that don't always pay off -- but Ethan Hawke's performance makes those flaws easier to forgive.

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Verified Ratings: 13

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Visionary inventor Nikola Tesla fights an uphill battle to bring his revolutionary electrical system to fruition, then faces thornier challenges with his new system for worldwide wireless energy.

Cast & Crew

Ethan Hawke
Nikola Tesla
Kyle MacLachlan
Thomas Edison
Eve Hewson
Anne Morgan
Jim Gaffigan
George Westinghouse
Hannah Gross
Mina Edison
Josh Hamilton
Robert Underwood Johnson
Rebecca Dayan
Sarah Bernhardt
Lucy Walters
Katherine Johnson
Blake DeLong
William Kemmler
Mayra Auad
Executive Producer
Lee Broda
Executive Producer
Jeffrey Greenstein
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Critic Reviews for Tesla

All Critics (159) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (95) | Rotten (64)

  • The biopic is an impossible art. You either bore your audience or reduce your subject to a mere collection of ideas and symbols.

    September 25, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • To watch Tesla the film is to admire its ambition while regretting its follies. Much like Tesla the man, perhaps?

    September 18, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Ellen E Jones

    Guardian
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  • It's definitely not for everyone, but I liked this so much more than just a by-the-numbers biopic.

    September 1, 2020 | Full Review…
  • For all its midway-ness and compromises, "Tesla" remains a more audacious and more curiosity-sparking movie than almost all of the bio-pics that come from Hollywood studios.

    August 28, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Almereyda structures the movie as a series of slow-moving scenes, almost tableaux. Even when he uses a mobile camera, things still feel static, but in a good way.

    August 24, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Like its visionary hero, the quirky biopic Tesla is a noble failure.

    August 24, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tesla

  • Sep 03, 2020
    Interestingly poetic and non-linear in style, this look at the newly heroic (in the modern day) Tesla doesn't have much to offer in the way of facts in any case, the man's life a mystery and mostly happening between his ears, and so decides on metaphor and suggestion rather than another bland recitation of facts - which might put off most viewers used to by-the-numbers paintings. The more adventurous will enjoy this emotional sweep of a story about a guy in love with speculation and finding himself damned for his love. Ethan Hawke is superb.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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