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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as Nikola Tesla
as Anne Morgan
as Thomas Edison
as Katherine Johnson
as George Westinghouse
as Robert Underwood Johnson
as Anthony Szigeti
as Mina Edison
as J.P. Morgan
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.
To watch Tesla the film is to admire its ambition while regretting its follies. Much like Tesla the man, perhaps?
It's definitely not for everyone, but I liked this so much more than just a by-the-numbers biopic.
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.
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.
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