Hawking (2013)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 13, 2013
DVD Release Date: November 24, 2014
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Carolyn Y. Johnson
Boston Globe

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.

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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle

The lasting takeaway from the film is how much there is to this man.

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Chris Knight
National Post

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.

David Hinckley
New York Daily News

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.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

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

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Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto

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.

Verne Gay

As billed, an intimate look at a genius, but the science gets a major haircut here.

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David DeWitt
New York Times

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.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

It's involving, but the straightforward approach doesn't say much that we don't already know.

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