The Theory of Everything (2014)



Critic Consensus: Part biopic, part love story, The Theory of Everything rises on James Marsh's polished direction and the strength of its two leads.

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Starring Eddie Redmayne ("Les Misérables") and Felicity Jones ("The Amazing Spider-Man 2"), this is the extraordinary story of one of the world's greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of - time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. The film is based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, by Jane Hawking, and is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh ("Man on Wire"). (c) Focus
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Eddie Redmayne
as Stephen Hawking
Felicity Jones
as Jane Wilde
Emily Watson
as Beryl Wilde
Charlie Cox
as Jonathan Hellyer Jones
David Thewlis
as Dennis Sciama
Simon McBurney
as Frank Hawking
Maxine Peake
as Elaine Mason
Harry Lloyd
as Brian
Alice Orr-Ewing
as Diana King
Paul Longley
as Barman, Rowing Club
Guy Oliver-Watts
as George Wilde
Lucy Chappell
as Mary Hawking
Charlotte Hope
as Philippa Hawking
Abigail Cruttenden
as Isobel Hawking
Nicholas Gerard
as Physicist 1
Brett Brown
as Physicist 2
Anthony Skrimshire
as Physicist 3
Christian McKay
as Roger Penrose
Adam Godley
as Senior Doctor, Cambridge Hospital
Nicola Sloane
as Bedder
Lottie Hamilton
as Robert Hawking
Enzo Cilenti
as Kip Thorne
Rufus Taylor
as Robert Hawking (Age 2)
Delilah Sexton
as Lucy Hawking (Newborn)
Eileen Davies
as Eileen Bond
Simon Chandler
as John Taylor
Georg Nikoloff
as Khalatnikov
Oliver Payne
as Robert Hawking (Age 8)
Raffiella Chapman
as Lucy Hawking (Age 6)
Sam Houston
as Timothy Hawking (Baby)
Victoria Emslie
as Sarah (Geneva Student)
Frank Leboeuf
as Swiss Doctor
Will Barton
as Technician
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Critic Reviews for The Theory of Everything

All Critics (232) | Top Critics (52)

Pleasing to watch... but [leaves] little lasting impression.

Full Review… | January 5, 2015
The New Republic
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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… | January 5, 2015
Toronto Sun
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If the film unfolds like a fairytale, at least it's a fairytale that doesn't often get told.

Full Review… | January 5, 2015
The Atlantic
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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.

Full Review… | January 5, 2015
Top Critic

Director Marsh is a gifted documentarian, but at this point, his dramatic technique is too shallow to get inside his characters' heads.

Full Review… | January 5, 2015
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The film both adheres to and gently upends the conventions of the Great Man genre.

Full Review… | January 5, 2015
TIME Magazine
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Audience Reviews for The Theory of Everything


According to the movies either you get the girls or you're a genius, you can't have both. (Makes me wonder how they'll handle a woman genius) And how does one portray mucho schmartz on film anyway? Well, you've gotta focus on the exterior stuff, which in the case of the renowned Stephen Hawkings means a physically debilitating disease, a tight network of supportive friends, and your wife attending plenty of church choir practice. Soap opera, yes, but with tea instead of beer.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

British productions always seem to gain favor when it comes to getting Oscar nominations. This may come from the residual guilt of the American film elite over the constant stream of stupid, lame brained films our country churns out every year. This year the token British film is "The Theory of Everything." Like "The King's Speech" before it, this film has been given unneeded, unwarranted nominations. It will probably be the single most contentious film to be nominated this year. Read more at

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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It's pretty much mandatory that you see a movie that has both Eddie Redmayne and Charlie Cox in it, so I'm not sure a review is necessary. Obviously, the acting is wonderful throughout the film, and Redmayne's physical acting is legendary. Good costumes, great music and cinematography. Much like Professor Hawking (the subject of the movie), this film is beyond compare.

Christian C
Christian C

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