Tesla

critic Reviews

, 59% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Appropriately bold and ambitious, Tesla takes a number of risks that don't always pay off -- but Ethan Hawke's performance makes those flaws easier to forgive.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    The biopic is an impossible art. You either bore your audience or reduce your subject to a mere collection of ideas and symbols.
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    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    It won't spark for everyone but I found it intriguing and unexpected.
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    Ellen E JonesGuardian
    To watch Tesla the film is to admire its ambition while regretting its follies. Much like Tesla the man, perhaps?
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    Christy LemireFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It's definitely not for everyone, but I liked this so much more than just a by-the-numbers biopic.
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    Angie HanFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    Someone as brilliant and creative as Tesla surely deserves a biopic that is not afraid to be unconventional or to swing for the fences, but in practice this just did not work for me at all.
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    Richard BrodyNew Yorker
    For all its midway-ness and compromises, "Tesla" remains a more audacious and more curiosity-sparking movie than almost all of the bio-pics that come from Hollywood studios.
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    John LuiThe Straits Times (Singapore)
    The mix causes the work to feel like disconnected vignettes. It's fine in small doses, but makes for an exhausting watch.
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    Jason BestMarie Claire
    The end result is a film that is interesting but not electrifying. Tesla remains an enigma, of course, but as played by a pained, humourless Hawke he is also just a little dull.
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    Filipe FreitasAlways Good Movies
    This loosely adapted biopic never goes in the right direction with its unstylish retro-modern hybridity.
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    Charles KoplinskiReel Talk with Chuck and Pam
    The period details are spot on, the performances are sly and smart but the lack of a consistent tone hurts the movie in the end.
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