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2,871 Ratings

The Imitation Game

Directed by Morten Tyldum
United States, 2014
Biography, Drama, Thriller


With the help of a team of mathematicians, Alan Turing, a gay, English cryptanalyst, attempts to break the Nazi party’s Enigma machine code in the hopes of ending World War II. Based on the bestselling book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges.

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The Imitation Game Directed by Morten Tyldum

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2015 | Winner: Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay

2015 | 7 nominations including: Best Achievement in Directing

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2014 | Nominee: Best Lead Actor

American Film Institute Awards

2015 | Winner: Movie of the Year

National Board of Review

2014 | Winner: Top Ten Films

The Imitation Game is extremely conventional, and actually pretty shoddy in its construction. The flash-forwards were handled in a very banal way, and there were scenes when I was confused as to where I was in time. I’m baffled, in general, by the film’s accolades, unless it’s just for the soppy sentimentalized reason that Turing was gay and persecuted for it.
March 01, 2015
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[It’s] bland, Oscar-friendly and rife with small annoyances. Keira Knightley, oozing Girl Power, doesn’t convince for a moment as a nerdy misfit dominated by strict parents (why does she keep being cast in period dramas?). The ironies, e.g. that socially awkward Turing is an expert at codes but doesn’t know the ‘codes’ between people, are stated with sledgehammer subtlety.
January 27, 2015
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Indifferently directed by Morten Tyldum with a thin, clichéd, sentimental script by Graham Moore, The Imitation Game is nevertheless something of a pleasure, purely because the actors rise above the material, bringing to their characters their own knowledge of the complex actual persons they play on screen.
January 23, 2015
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