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The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016)



Critic Consensus: The Man Who Knew Infinity might be a tad too conventional to truly do its subject justice, but Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons elevate the end result beyond mere biopic formula.

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Written and directed by Matthew Brown, The Man Who Knew Infinity is the true story of friendship that forever changed mathematics. In 1913, Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel), a self-taught Indian mathematics genius, traveled to Trinity College, Cambridge, where over the course of five years, forged a bond with his mentor, the brilliant and eccentric professor, G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons), and fought against prejudice to reveal his mathematic genius to the world. The film also stars Devika Bhise, Stephen Fry and Toby Jones. This is Ramanujan's story as seen through Hardy's eyes.

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Dev Patel
as Srinivasa Ramanujan
Jeremy Irons
as G.H. Hardy
Stephen Fry
as Sir Francis Spring
Toby Jones
as Littlewood
Jeremy Northam
as Bertrand Russell
Kevin McNally
as Major McMahon
Alexander Cooper
as Stretcher Bearer
Shazad Latif
as Chandra Mahalanobis
Roman Green
as Wounded Soldier
Nicholas Agnew
as Andrew Hartley
Eleanor Inglis
as Ward Sister
Roger Narayan
as Mr. Iyengar/The Scribe
Elaine Caulfield
as Ward Sister
Arthur Wilde
as Patient
Devlin Lloyd
as Student/Cadet
Pat Carney
as Fellow of the Royal Society
Shenagh Govan
as Postmistress
James Francis Andrews
as Passer-By/Soldier
Alex Bartram
as Hospital Doctor
Pip Barclay
as Student
Jon Lawes
as Wounded Soldier
Jack Philips
as Student Bully/Soldier
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Critic Reviews for The Man Who Knew Infinity

All Critics (114) | Top Critics (29)

When one of the most enlightening moments of a film comes during the postscript (black holes!), you know there's a problem - one that has nothing to do with math.

May 20, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

[It] takes an incredible true story - about an impoverished Indian man whose Jedi math skills helped him triumph over race, class and bad food in early 20th century England - and telescopes it into a well-made yet predictable tale of inspiration.

May 12, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5

The multiplexes are full of films that promise little more than a forgettable good time. "The Man Who Knew Infinity" is just as entertaining, but far more substantial.

May 12, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It's predictable - throughout the film, I kept thinking that I'd seen it before - and a bit sentimental, yet thoroughly pleasant.

May 12, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The Man Who Knew Infinity stands on its own merit, thanks in great measure to Patel and Irons, who give us two engaging characters.

May 6, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It touches on serious - and ridiculously complex - ideas but always cuts them down to manageable, middle-brow morsels.

May 6, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Man Who Knew Infinity


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Maymay Asahan
Maymay Asahan

Super Reviewer

Infinitely disappointing. How can such a fine cast give such an uninspiring performance? Turns out all it takes is a slow and unmoored script. What should have been a five-star film shot on location seems at times like a made-for-TV movie. "The Man Who Knew Infinity" is a nice picture to look at, but it becomes tedious and confusing almost as soon as it starts. Unless you're a mathematician who already knows the story and who can appreciate the high drama of reading proofs on the blackboard, I'd skip it.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Two talents elevate this script. Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel play off one another. To say that this is Dev Patel's greatest performance since Slumdog Millionaire sounds a bit like damning with faint praise. After all the actor has struggled since that breakthrough in films like The Last Airbender and Chappie. Patel gives the part a sweet determination that honors the man's accomplishments while giving us an appreciation for all the sacrifices he had to make. The Man Who Knew Infinity isn't a great movie. Yet let's consider the fact that it exists to honor the contributions of an unsung hero. That alone makes the biography worthwhile.

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

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