The Imitation Game Reviews

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June 7, 2016
Cumberbatch helps elevate what could've been a rote boilerplate biopic into a film with the spark of a live wire.
January 19, 2015
A moving tribute to an extraordinary man.
January 5, 2015
What could have been a very dry and earnest film emerges, under the intelligent direction of Norwegian Morten Tyldum working from a screenplay by Graham Moore, as a gripping and still rather extraordinary story.
January 4, 2015
The "action" here is Turing tinkering with his machine. Or simply thinking -- which, as Cumberbatch portrays it, is adventure of the highest order.
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
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?
January 4, 2015
[Benedict Cumberbatch] has had a meteoric rise, and for good reason -- he's really good at what he does. Here, he does a lot with a little.
January 4, 2015
Cumberbatch is the main event here, making something almost impossible (capturing such a man as Turing in a tidy two-hour package) look easy, important, and appropriately imperfect.
January 4, 2015
It's mostly to Cumberbatch's credit that The Imitation Game plays like a solid, engaging historical drama, interesting enough to suit audiences that aren't interested in either World War II history or technology.
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.
January 4, 2015
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.
January 4, 2015
[Cumberbatch's] whose portrayal of the British mathematician and WWII code-smasher is a feat of nuanced intelligence, a portrait of anguish with hints of arid humor. And, yes, arrogance.
December 25, 2014
Produced with a Masterpiece Theater eye for period detail, but also with a missionary's zeal to honor a wrongly dishonored man.
December 24, 2014
Cumberbatch is moviedom's man of the moment, and with this painfully human performance, the actor who has specialized in difficult geniuses finally cracks the code of compassion.
December 24, 2014
This film's overall success hangs on Cumberbatch and what is, to date, his finest performance on the big screen.
December 24, 2014
It would be hard to foul up the story of Alan Turing, and thankfully The Imitation Game doesn't.
December 24, 2014
Turing may finally be getting what he deserves as the straightforward and well-acted The Imitation Game, featuring a strong performance from Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing.
December 24, 2014
"The Imitation Game" is both an education and a pleasure - and another chance to revel in what Cumberbatch can convey in eloquent silence.
December 23, 2014
Unlike The King's Speech, which won a clutch of Oscars for its dull propriety and Masterpiece Theater vibe, The Imitation Game is vibrant and lively, engaging you on several levels.
December 23, 2014
Cumberbatch's finely calibrated performance helps bring to life one of history's lesser-known stories and most shameful injustices.
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