Creation (2010)

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,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 22, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
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Critic Score: 46% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This Charles Darwin biopic is curiously dispassionate, but Creation contains some of director Jon Amiel's best work, and Paul Bettany's performance is not to be missed.

Jonathan F. Richards

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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

A great moment in the history of ideas does not necessarily make for a great movie.

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Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine

An elegant, melancholy movie about storytelling, science vs. religion, family, life, and death.

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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic

An intriguing portrait of a man and a time that changed everything.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

It became tedious when focusing on his [Darwin's] brittle emotions, often in a non-linear and random sort of way.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

While the film's flashbacks and -forwards are disorienting, the performances give the film propulsion and poignancy.

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Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A solid and mostly restrained biopic about all the sadness and personal conflict that Charles Darwin went through while writing a book that would forever change… More
Alex roy
Creation Chronicles Charles Darwin's research and writing of his now famous book, On The Origin Of Species, a book that changed the course of science, and… More
Sophie Burgess
Although th brilliant cast and narrative were strong, the way in which it was shown was quite difficult to understand. For a while I was unsure if his daughter… More
Jake ....
While I would not necessarily say that Creation is mindblowing or an endearing masterpiece, I was extreamely shocked at how good the movie is. I sort of doubt… More
paul sandberg
On the surface Creation may seem to be the typical Hallmark presents kind of biopic; telling the story of the life of Darwin; but while there are certainly… More
Gordon Anderson
Bethany raises this with his nuanced performance and able support from Connelly. It bravely attempts to visualise a man's intellectual and emotional… More