The Imitation Game
The Imitation Game (2014)

During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 28, 2014
DVD Release Date: March 31, 2015
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With an outstanding starring performance from Benedict Cumberbatch illuminating its fact-based story, The Imitation Game serves as an eminently well-made entry in the "prestige biopic" genre.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

The "action" here is Turing tinkering with his machine. Or simply thinking -- which, as Cumberbatch portrays it, is adventure of the highest order.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

It's a film about drive, about imagination, and how brilliance thrives outside the mainstream. These are common enough themes given uncommon purchase in a film about a man who likely saved millions of lives by never fitting in.

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Uri Klein

With apologies to all the historians out there, I have to say that given how much I enjoyed The Imitation Game, I don't really care how factually accurate it is.

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Elaine Teng
The New Republic

We go into a movie knowing that the subject was as genius or a hero, a martyr or titan. We should leave with a more nuanced understanding of who he was, his complexities and flaws.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

[Cumberbatch's] whose portrayal of the British mathematician and WWII code-smasher is a feat of nuanced intelligence, a portrait of anguish with hints of arid humor. And, yes, arrogance.

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Robert Kojder
Flickering Myth

Why has it taken so long for Hollywood to tell this fascinating and deeply tragic story

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Dana Stevens

This film about one of the past century's smartest humans at times treats its own audience like a classroom of remedial learners.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Produced with a Masterpiece Theater eye for period detail, but also with a missionary's zeal to honor a wrongly dishonored man.

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Reagan Gavin Rasquinha
The Times of India

An affecting tale of an extraordinary human being.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Letitia Lew
The dialogue is wonderfully snappy, but the problem with Benedict Cumberbatch playing fundamentally unlikeable characters is that, well, he plays characters… More
Nicki Marie
I didn't know anything about this. I had no idea it was a true story, and I didn't expect it to be so sad either. Really well made movie and both… More
Kevin M. Williams
Benedict Cumberbatch swings for the fences in this mere thumbnail sketch about the pressures surrounding the Brit professor guy who was primarily instrumental… More
Sanjay Rema
Benedict Cumberbatch's performance alone is worth the price of admission, but add in a very good screenplay with a very interesting subject and you get a… More
Red Lats
I don't know how closely the movie follows real life, but this movie is like Alan Turing himself - a mix of intelligence, oddness, humour, despair, etc.
Dan Schultz
A formulaic, flawed story concerning the father of computer science, Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), his closeted homosexuality, and the impact his work had… More