The Theory of Everything Reviews

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October 24, 2018
The film is based on Jane Hawking's memoir "Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen", yet you could be easily forgiven for thinking it was a dramatisation of Hawking's Wikipedia page.
May 18, 2018
There's very little that's extraordinary about the rest of The Theory of Everything. It's a soft movie, glossy, filled with stirring, soapy music, and hitting highlights but nothing in-between.
January 12, 2018
[Theory of Everything] turns him into the melodramatic hero of a limited drama - a work whose circumscribed nature clashes sharply with the cosmic reach of Hawking's work and 
vision.
November 14, 2017
Too bad, then, about the film's utterly standard progression, its insistence on tracing Hawking's ascension to the height of pop science, as if becoming a windbag lecturer on Big Ideas is all a great mind-and his partner-could ask for in life.
October 18, 2017
[It] seems more certain of what it does not want to do than what it does.
August 21, 2017
The Theory of Everything is too busy playing it safe to generate any real excitement.
August 3, 2017
Even in her own account, Jane Hawking is not a compelling woman. This does not make her unimportant - just not an ideal subject for a feature-length film.
June 7, 2016
It's all slavishly conformed into a woefully predictable formula, as inflexible as the Meet Cute Rom-Com or the Superhero Epic, every scene less about capturing a moment from a life than about completing a checklist.
May 11, 2016
A sensitive, middle-brow and conventional film, with key moments in Hawking's life structured neatly, and with every emotional button being pushed just at the right pressure.
February 26, 2016
For relying more on emotions than the fascinating knowledge contained in Hawking's mind, The Theory of Everything could've employed more complexity.
February 20, 2015
The treatment of the subject matter goes over to what is essentially religious adoration.
February 17, 2015
The Theory of Everything features incredible Oscar-nominated performances from Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, but ultimately it's unable to strike a good balance between Stephen Hawking's personal and professional life.
February 12, 2015
For those deadened by the Transformers saga comes The Theory of Everything, a Stephen Hawking biopic to remind us even prestige movies made with good intentions can be interminable too.
February 5, 2015
More specificity and insight into treating the condition daily would have been impressionable instead of skimming through Hawking's life events.
January 5, 2015
Pleasing to watch... but [leaves] little lasting impression.
January 5, 2015
The film is focused on a marriage to the degree that this is a melodrama with too many paint-by-numbers cliches of the biography film formula.
January 5, 2015
It's a suitably polished affair, and Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones deliver fantastic, award-ready performances. But somehow all that polish keeps those accomplished parts from connecting into an emotionally-engaging or unified whole.
January 5, 2015
These days "everything" has also come to serve as a lazy synonym for "no one thing in particular." And while that usage may not describe Steven Hawking's theory of everything, it certainly does fit the movie about his life.
January 5, 2015
Prettily shot and glossily produced, this is a film that's easy to like but equally easy to forget, being almost entirely content free.
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.
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