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2,328 Ratings

The Theory of Everything

Directed by James Marsh
United Kingdom, United States, 2014
Drama, Biography


A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.

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The Theory of Everything Directed by James Marsh

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2015 | Winner: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

2015 | 4 nominations including: Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2014 | Nominee: Best Lead Actor

BAFTA Awards

2015 | 2 wins including: Best Adapted Screenplay

2015 | 6 nominations including: Best Film

The Theory of Everything is about living with a genius – so much so that the actual genius becomes almost irrelevant. Redmayne’s resemblance to wheelchair-bound Hawking in the second hour is uncanny, but almost all his energy goes into physical acting; Hawking as a character all but disappears.
February 09, 2015
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Marsh draws visual links between the minutiae of Earth and the magnitude of outer space, using concentric circles to connect coffee cups with quantum physics in a gentle bid to reconcile Jane’s creationism with Stephen’s science. These directorial flourishes prevent the film from feeling fusty, perhaps necessary given its investment in straight-laced Britishness.
December 30, 2014
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Screenwriter Anthony McCarten struggles to portray [Jane’s] relationship with Stephen as true and beautiful while simultaneously acknowledging that it ended nearly 20 years ago; the odd result is a movie that keeps telling us these two people passionately love each other even as it depicts them slowly growing apart and gravitating toward new lovers. It makes an extraordinary man seem downright banal—just another casualty of the West’s 50 percent divorce rate.
November 26, 2014
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