The Imitation Game Reviews

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July 5, 2019
Restrained and tasteful in a very British sort of way, but it almost seems afraid to tackle its subject head on.
March 11, 2019
The only reason I can surmise for the positive reviews The Imitation Game is that it confirms all the "normal" audience's worst suspicions about "genius" and queer life, without offering any meaningful insight into either.
March 7, 2019
To be honest, I'm a bit surprised that there hasn't been more pushback against The Imitation Game by intelligence professionals, historians, and survivors of Turing's circle.
October 23, 2018
You are left in no doubt that the events shown onscreen never happened in this way, something the best biopics make you forget.
June 6, 2018
As wonderful as Cumberbatch's performance is in many ways, we can't help thinking Turing deserved a better, more well-rounded exploration of his life than this film allowed for.
February 13, 2015
The intriguing subject matter is, to an increasingly dismaying degree, rendered moot by filmmaker Morten Tyldum's run-of-the-mill sensibilities...
January 23, 2015
As much as I wanted to suspend my disbelief and take pleasure in the actors' brilliance, The Imitation Game lacks credibility on every level. Still, Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley... [and] Mark Strong are terrific.
January 5, 2015
It's hard to make the workings of the scientific mind dramatic, but unfortunately The Imitation Game doesn't even try.
January 4, 2015
It has flashes of brilliance, but can't sustain that greatness through its air of self-importance. It seems so bent on being a great movie that it falls short of being a good one.
January 4, 2015
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.
January 4, 2015
This film about one of the past century's smartest humans at times treats its own audience like a classroom of remedial learners.
December 23, 2014
Consider the code cracked, translated, and laid out for all to see: different is special is good, and ordinary morality is a sham, anyway.
December 19, 2014
An agonisingly shallow, de-historical depiction of Turing as psychological agent.
December 5, 2014
If you are interested, even slightly, in what distinguished Alan Turing, this is not the film for you. It has about as much to do with his contributions to automation as does a Judd Apatow movie.
December 4, 2014
The movie has a tiresome sense of old-fashioned propriety. Not only can you catch the whiff of mothballs, you can also smell the ersatz good taste.
November 28, 2014
Hollywood biopics infantilizes its audiences. If someone's true story ended badly, it's a text epilogue that tells us what happened. When Hollywood does another biopic of Jesus's life they will leave out the crucifixion.
November 26, 2014
It never quite brings everything together into a dramatic whole.
November 25, 2014
Turing is kept tweedy and neutered, as closeted in celluloid as he was in real life.
November 25, 2014
'The Imitation Game' doesn't embarrass itself by trying to explain convoluted mathematical issues; there's nothing on the order of 'A Beautiful Mind''s forehead-slapping breakdown of game theory.
November 24, 2014
Turing will survive this film with his enigma intact, but the movie itself is the opposite of enigmatic, and Cumberbatch merits more.
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