The Theory of Everything - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Theory of Everything Reviews

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November 13, 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 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
January 11, 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 
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 5, 2015
Pleasing to watch... but [leaves] little lasting impression.
November 7, 2014
The Theory of Everything is half love story, half biopic, and we never get enough of either.
February 5, 2015
More specificity and insight into treating the condition daily would have been impressionable instead of skimming through Hawking's life events.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
September 7, 2014
A pair of very strong performances can't keep The Theory of Everything from succumbing to the stultifying gravity of biopic conventions.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 7, 2014
Mired in an unremarkable will-they-or-won't-they forbidden love that distracts from the more intriguing drama at hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
November 14, 2014
Depicting Stephen Hawking as this smiling, pathologically beatific quip machine where nothing changes but the wheelchair saves us the difficulty of imagining him as a real person.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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-
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 29, 2014
There's no big bang to James Marsh's biopic of cosmologist Stephen Hawking, just a whimper from audiences as a well-acted but soapy drama shifts too smoothly through its storytelling gears.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 6, 2014
It's disappointing to see Hawking's life slotted into the conventions of the biopic genre, from a meet-cute at a Cambridge party to a centerstage ovation for our genius hero.
Full Review | Original Score: non-numerical
November 7, 2014
The Theory of Everything is surely inspirational, but it glosses over some ugly chapters in Stephen and Jane's relationship.
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.
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