The Imitation Game

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With an outstanding starring performance from Benedict Cumberbatch illuminating its fact-based story, The Imitation Game serves as an eminently well-made entry in the "prestige biopic" genre.



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During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of 'gross indecency', an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality - little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany's World War II Enigma machine. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, THE IMITATION GAME follows a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives. (c) Weinstein

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Keira Knightley
as Joan Clarke
Allen Leech
as John Cairncross
Rory Kinnear
as Detective Robert Nock
Mark Strong (II)
as Stewart Menzies
Matthew Beard
as Peter Hilton
Matthew Goode
as Hugh Alexander
Charles Dance
as Commander Denniston
James Northcote
as Jack Good
Tom Goodman-Hill
as Sergeant Staehl
Steven Waddington
as Superintendent Smith
Jack Tarlton
as Charles Richards
Alex Lawther
as Young Alan Turing
Dominic Charman
as Sherborne Student 1
Charlie Manton
as Sherborne Student 3
Victoria Wicks
as Joan's Mother
Laurence Kennedy
as Headmaster
Tim Van Eyken
as MI6 Agent
Miranda Bell
as Margaret
Tim Steed
as Electrical Assistant
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All Critics (271) | Top Critics (56)

  • A moving tribute to an extraordinary man.

    Jan 19, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The "action" here is Turing tinkering with his machine. Or simply thinking -- which, as Cumberbatch portrays it, is adventure of the highest order.

    Jan 4, 2015 | Full Review…
  • We go into a movie knowing that the subject was as genius or a hero, a martyr or titan. We should leave with a more nuanced understanding of who he was, his complexities and flaws.

    Jan 4, 2015 | Full Review…
  • For the filmmakers, there are simplifications that must have been inevitable, for dramatic and narrative purposes, when it comes to depicting the years of wartime work. But what of the other choices that have been made?

    Jan 4, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This film about one of the past century's smartest humans at times treats its own audience like a classroom of remedial learners.

    Jan 4, 2015 | Full Review…

    Dana Stevens

    Top Critic
  • It's a film about drive, about imagination, and how brilliance thrives outside the mainstream. These are common enough themes given uncommon purchase in a film about a man who likely saved millions of lives by never fitting in.

    Jan 4, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic

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