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Tesla (2020)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Brilliant, brooding inventor Nikola Tesla (Ethan Hawke) fights an uphill battle to bring his revolutionary electrical system to fruition. Increasingly displeased by the greed of fellow inventor Thomas Edison (Kyle MacLachlan), Tesla forges his own virtuous but arduous path toward creating the innovative alternate-current motor. His European nature is at odds with budding American industrialism, and the landscape of intellectual property is treacherous--and Tesla slowly becomes jailed in his overactive mind. His associate Anne Morgan (Eve Hewson) analyzes and presents his story as it unfolds, offering a distinctly modern voice in this scientific period drama.

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Ethan Hawke
as Nikola Tesla
Eve Hewson
as Anne Morgan
Kyle MacLachlan
as Thomas Edison
Lucy Walters
as Katherine Johnson
Jim Gaffigan
as George Westinghouse
Josh Hamilton
as Robert Underwood Johnson
Ebon Moss-Bachrach
as Anthony Szigeti
Hannah Gross
as Mina Edison
Donnie Keshawarz
as J.P. Morgan
Rebecca Dayan
as Sarah Bernhardt
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The biopic is an impossible art. You either bore your audience or reduce your subject to a mere collection of ideas and symbols.

September 25, 2020 | Rating: 3/5

To watch Tesla the film is to admire its ambition while regretting its follies. Much like Tesla the man, perhaps?

September 18, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's definitely not for everyone, but I liked this so much more than just a by-the-numbers biopic.

August 31, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

August 28, 2020 | Full Review…

Almereyda structures the movie as a series of slow-moving scenes, almost tableaux. Even when he uses a mobile camera, things still feel static, but in a good way.

August 24, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Like its visionary hero, the quirky biopic Tesla is a noble failure.

August 24, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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