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Based on "Annie's Box," -- a biography penned by Charles Darwin's great-great-grandson Randal Keynes, using personal letters and diaries of the Darwin family-- "Creation" takes a unique and inside look at Darwin, his family and his love for his deeply religious wife, Torn between faith and science, Darwin struggles to finish his legendary book "On the Origin of Species," which goes on to become the foundation for evolutionary biology.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Some good acting and fine cinematography are watered down in a tepid yawner that moves with the speed of natural selection, but without its irresistible sense of purpose."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"A great moment in the history of ideas does not necessarily make for a great movie."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"It became tedious when focusing on his [Darwin's] brittle emotions, often in a non-linear and random sort of way."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Best described as Finding Neverland meets A Beautiful Mind, Creation meanders in dramatic urgency at times, but never loses a total connection with its audience."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
"The chief culprits are a laboured, poorly structured script by Aussie John Collee; the hackneyed device of having Darwin interact with the ghost of his dead daughter; and Jon Amiel's heavy-handed direction."
‑ Don Groves,
"An intriguing portrait of a man and a time that changed everything."
‑ Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"Bettany's sheepish performance fails to engage, and Connelly, his wife in real life, seems distant and frigid. There is no sense of romance between them. That may be accurate, but it's no fun to watch."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Director Jon Amiel has delivered on the promise of a good script, with a film that has a pleasing sense of forward motion, characters who suffer deeply, but are attractive because of it, morally, for the way they struggle through with love and belief."
‑ Jason Di Rosso, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"The film indulges in one little bit of overkill towards the end, so unnecessary, but overall Creation is a very fine film indeed."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"With solid performances, this film provides an interesting alternative look at one of the most influential scientists of the modern era."
‑ Beth Wilson, Trespass
"Jon Amiel, the film's director, tells his story with respect and some restraint, showing how sad and weakened Charles is and yet not ratcheting up his grief into unseemly melodrama."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"While the film's flashbacks and -forwards are disorienting, the performances give the film propulsion and poignancy."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Jon Amiel's film about Charles Darwin is a poorly structured and frequently drab affair focused on Darwin's daughter Annie, with occasional bursts of energy thanks to the wildlife cinematography and bouts of Victorian bonhomie."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"Creation is an emotionally complex film that examines faith, love, grief and passion through the key events that propelled Darwin to finish one of the most important books ever written."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
"It's an intelligent and emotional film, which (judging by the struggle the filmmakers had of getting an American distributor) proves that Darwin is still making people think, more than 120 years after his death."
‑ Alicia Malone, FILMINK (Australia)
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