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Hawking is the extraordinary story of the planet's most famous living scientist, told for the first time in his own words and by those closest to him. Made with unique access to Hawking's private life, this is an intimate and moving journey into Stephen's world, both past and present. An inspirational portrait of an iconic figure, Hawking relates his incredible personal journey from boyhood underachiever, to Ph.D. genius, to being diagnosed with ALS (or Lou Gehrig's disease) and given just two years to live. Despite the constant threat of death, Hawking makes amazing scientific… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"For a person who is keenly aware of the downside of fame - he worries that he is known as much for his illness as he is for his scientific discoveries - the storytelling falls short."
‑ Carolyn Y. Johnson, Boston Globe
"The lasting takeaway from the film is how much there is to this man."
‑ David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
"If the film feels at times like a geeky version of MTV's Cribs, it's also a fascinating telling of Hawking's unusual life."
‑ Chris Knight, National Post
"An engaging documentary about the world-famous physicist that emphasizes the challenges of his personal life and the resilience of his humor and spirit."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Si monumentum requiris, see this film."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"He talks a lot about his two wives. This makes Hawking unusually revealing, because his life has almost always been framed in terms of his mental brilliance."
‑ David Hinckley, New York Daily News
"The focus is on Hawking's scientific achievements and celebrity status at the expense of much emotional content, but it's hardly fair to expect a warts-and-all portrait"
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"If you're unfamiliar with Hawking's theories on black holes and the Big Bang, this doc won't enlighten you. There's only a basic summary of his work before it's deemed too complex for anyone but cosmologists to grasp."
‑ Radheyan Simonpillai, NOW Toronto
"Hawking emerges from this as an inspirational man; with such a colossus, Finnigan could have afforded to be more questioning."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"It marshals its facts thoughtfully, and makes a decent stab at presenting a whole man - flawed yet unique. On its own terms, as a modest Brief History, it's fascinating."
‑ David Gritten, Daily Telegraph
"As billed, an intimate look at a genius, but the science gets a major haircut here."
‑ Verne Gay, Newsday
"The movie has the typical mix of interviews and archival pictures, serving mostly linear storytelling, with hardly a frame of surprising or pretty filmmaking. Maybe creativity can take a rest when you're letting an oddly charismatic genius have his say."
‑ David DeWitt, New York Times
"It's involving, but the straightforward approach doesn't say much that we don't already know."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The PR-stamped guide to Stephen Hawking."
‑ Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies
"Stephen Hawking proves to be an entertaining storyteller in this autobiographical documentary in which, with the help of two cowriters, he takes us on a trip through his life."
‑ Rich Cline, Contactmusic.com
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