as Marie Curie
as Paul Langevin
as Professor Lippmann
as Young Marie
as Irene (age 6)
as Nurse Francoise
as Dr. Jenkins
as Eve Curie
as Lester Jackson
Critic Reviews for Radioactive
Satrapi collapses a century of innovation and destruction from the discovery of chemotherapy to Chernobyl into a flat timeline that Curie can see right through as though looking at an x-ray. In those moments of stylistic imagination, the film glows.
The problem is not so much Satrapi's theatrical approach to the subject, which veers wildly from the overwrought to the dramatically compelling, as it is Jack Thorne's abysmal script.
Radioactive is disappointingly paint-by-numbers, and often laughably ill-conceived.
If this film does lift up Marie Curie, it does so for a two-dimensional Marie Curie of its own creation. Everything that should make her a richer character is fake.
It doesn't always work, but at least Satrapi's willingness to experiment captures the radiant spirit of the daring subject at its center.
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