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The Theory of Everything Reviews

January 28, 2015
Watching him [Eddie Redmayne] slumped in an electric wheelchair, simulating the effects of Hawking's motor neurone disease, it's easy to forget you're looking at an actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 5, 2015
Pleasing to watch... but [leaves] little lasting impression.
January 5, 2015
There's a mischievous quality to Redmayne that seems a good match with the wit Hawking has always managed to convey with a raised eyebrow and a mechanically-voiced quip.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 5, 2015
If the film unfolds like a fairytale, at least it's a fairytale that doesn't often get told.
Top Critic
January 5, 2015
There's little acrimony in The Theory of Everything, which may reflect Hawking's actual outlook or just the movie's puppyish desire to please.
January 5, 2015
Director Marsh is a gifted documentarian, but at this point, his dramatic technique is too shallow to get inside his characters' heads.
January 5, 2015
The film both adheres to and gently upends the conventions of the Great Man genre.
January 5, 2015
What shines through loud and clear, though, is the humanity in Hawking's incredible story.
January 1, 2015
Redmayne, Jones, Cox and Peake portray the principals and their emotional web with delicacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 14, 2014
A well-made, well-acted but unexceptional film about one of the most exceptional figures of the last half-century.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 21, 2014
"The Theory of Everything" offers intimate scenes from a very specific and challenging marriage, warts, black holes and all.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 20, 2014
This is rich material for the film's lead actors, and both are superb.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 20, 2014
"The Theory of Everything" is a brainy bio that exerts a gravitational pull on the heartstrings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 20, 2014
Redmayne makes you forget you're watching an actor put himself through punishing contortions. He keeps you focused on the soul of a man trapped inside a malfunctioning body.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 14, 2014
It also stands as a tear-courting visualization of Hawking's and our precious quandary: time.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
November 14, 2014
Though the marriage eventually crumbles, what a joy to see a relationship that's anything but formulaic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 14, 2014
Redmayne should be getting a lot of notice for his performance; it's palpable, it's poignant. Jones, too, is terrific.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 13, 2014
Hawking himself has seen this film and pronounced it "broadly true," and that diplomatic generalization touches on what's right about it and what's wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 13, 2014
It nestles into your consciousness with soft lighting and inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 13, 2014
"The Theory of Everything" is mostly a conventional biopic about two very unconventional people, and it rests comfortably in the hands of the two actors playing Stephen and Jane.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 13, 2014
Anchored by a pair of mesmerizing performances from Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, the film almost functions as a more thoughtful companion piece to the blockbuster Interstellar, which also concerns itself with matters of the heart amid the cosmos.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 13, 2014
It's an exceptional film, not because of its protagonists' impressive triumphs, but because it honors their struggle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 13, 2014
As though it were the easiest thing in the world, "The Theory of Everything" juggles and elaborates on the three main areas of Hawking's life - his work, his illness and his marriage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 13, 2014
"The Theory of Everything" breaks down simply, perhaps too much so: a great performance in a good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 13, 2014
For all the scientific rhetoric about the nature of time, what matters most here is how it forges, and then tests, the bond between two people.
November 13, 2014
It works best as a study of human vulnerability and love's way with us all, and as such, a handsomely mounted, slightly hollow picture by the end becomes a very affecting one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 12, 2014
An unremarkable bio-pic about a remarkable man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 12, 2014
"The Theory of Everything" is not afraid to reveal honest, intimate and emotionally painful moments in this couple's relationship. We witness two characters who are heroic but human as they struggle to get to heart in the center of their own universes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 7, 2014
Any film made about two living people, with their cooperation, is necessarily going to be limited by considerations of tact and taste, and that goes double or triple in this case.
November 7, 2014
"There should be no boundary to the human endeavor," we're told at some point in The Theory of Everything. But how would this movie know? There are enough boundaries in it to induce claustrophobia.
November 7, 2014
The triumph of Redmayne's performance is that Stephen, after he becomes incapacitated, is the same eccentric, quizzical quester that he was when he was sprinting across the Cambridge campus.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 7, 2014
What Redmayne does is breathtaking-and it never feels like a performance. In a much less showy role, Jones does her own heartbreaking work as the woman who dedicated her life to loving and caring for Hawking.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 7, 2014
What is the idea of romantic companionate marriage, in all its crackpot "till death us do part" absolutism, if not a theory of everything?
November 7, 2014
Time is at the heart of Hawking's work, and it animates The Theory of Everything, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 7, 2014
A strongly acted, handsomely crafted film that nonetheless feels bland and unsatisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 6, 2014
Redmayne and Jones are beautifully compatible as Hawking and his then-wife Jane as they navigate the ebb and flow of 25 years of their relationship.
November 6, 2014
This is sheer poppycock, of course, but it makes for fine drama, and that's all Cupid and Oscar care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 6, 2014
On one side is Mr. Redmayne's remarkable presence. On the other is Ms. Jones, whose lovely freshness and calm intelligence complement everything her co-star does.
November 6, 2014
Stephen Hawking, a genius challenged by a progressive neurological disease, is a role that demands miracles of an actor. And Eddie Redmayne, in a landmark performance, delivers them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 6, 2014
Marsh takes a complicated persona and reveals a range of dimensions. The result is an engaging biopic that is often quite moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 6, 2014
It is beautifully shot, well acted and - in the end - tearfully inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 6, 2014
If nothing else, The Theory Of Everything is an encyclopedia of lame shortcuts, from its grainy faux home-movie wedding sequence to its tendency to fade out the dialogue in order to underline-and inadvertently undercut-a traumatic moment.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 6, 2014
Like so many cinematic lives of the famous, it loses track of the source of its subject's fame.
Top Critic
November 5, 2014
As the mathematical wunderkind who advanced a scientific theory beyond anyone's imagination, the great young actor Eddie Redmayne (My Week With Marilyn, Les Miserables), gives the most electrifying performance of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 5, 2014
The beautiful Jones seems limited in how deep she can burrow into Jane's frustration and sorrow. But then, anyone would be lost in Redmayne's wake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 5, 2014
Redmayne uses his eyebrows, his mouth, a few facial muscles, and the fingers of one hand to suggest not only Hawking's intellect and his humor but also the calculating vanity of a great man entirely conscious of his effect on the world.
November 4, 2014
At its best (which is often), director James Marsh's affecting biopic of the cosmos-rattling astrophysicist Stephen Hawking plays deftly against schmaltz.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 4, 2014
Neatly constructed, heartfelt triumph-over-adversity pictures have their place. This one is particularly sly in the way it folds complex and sometimes painful ideas about love and commitment into a somewhat glossy package.
September 8, 2014
Hawking's innovations and refusal to subscribe to outdated modes of thinking merely underscore the utter conventionality of his film biography.
September 8, 2014
Eddie Redmayne knocks it straight out of the universe
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 8, 2014
James Marsh's biopic salutes the famous physicist's commitment, but falls short of exploring his brilliant ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 7, 2014
Redmayne towers: this is an astonishing, genuinely visceral performance which bears comparison with Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 7, 2014
A stirring and bittersweet love story, inflected with tasteful good humor ...
September 7, 2014
A solid, duly moving account of their complicated relationship, spanning roughly 25 years, and made with impeccable professional polish.