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The Theory of Everything (2014)



Critic Consensus: Part biopic, part love story, The Theory of Everything rises on James Marsh's polished direction and the strength of its two leads.

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Starring Eddie Redmayne ("Les Misérables") and Felicity Jones ("The Amazing Spider-Man 2"), this is the extraordinary story of one of the world's greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of - time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. The film is based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, by Jane Hawking, and is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh ("Man on Wire"). (c) Focus

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Eddie Redmayne
as Stephen Hawking
Felicity Jones
as Jane Wilde
Emily Watson
as Beryl Wilde
Charlie Cox
as Jonathan Hellyer Jones
David Thewlis
as Dennis Sciama
Simon McBurney
as Frank Hawking
Maxine Peake
as Elaine Mason
Alice Orr-Ewing
as Diana King
Paul Longley
as Barman, Rowing Club
Guy Oliver-Watts
as George Wilde
Lucy Chappell
as Mary Hawking
Charlotte Hope
as Philippa Hawking
Abigail Cruttenden
as Isobel Hawking
Nicholas Gerard
as Physicist 1
Brett Brown
as Physicist 2
Anthony Skrimshire
as Physicist 3
Christian McKay
as Roger Penrose
Adam Godley
as Senior Doctor, Cambridge Hospital
Lottie Hamilton
as Robert Hawking
Enzo Cilenti
as Kip Thorne
Rufus Taylor
as Robert Hawking (Age 2)
Delilah Sexton
as Lucy Hawking (Newborn)
Eileen Davies
as Eileen Bond
Simon Chandler
as John Taylor
Georg Nikoloff
as Khalatnikov
Oliver Payne
as Robert Hawking (Age 8)
Raffiella Chapman
as Lucy Hawking (Age 6)
Sam Houston
as Timothy Hawking (Baby)
Victoria Emslie
as Sarah (Geneva Student)
Frank Leboeuf
as Swiss Doctor
Will Barton
as Technician
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Critic Reviews for The Theory of Everything

All Critics (271) | Top Critics (75)

It's all slavishly conformed into a woefully predictable formula, as inflexible as the Meet Cute Rom-Com or the Superhero Epic, every scene less about capturing a moment from a life than about completing a checklist.

June 7, 2016 | Full Review…

The Theory of Everything may not tear a rip in the cinematic space-time continuum, but as an intimate drama about two people struggling with a life they never expected, it has real power.

December 7, 2015 | Full Review…

Watching him [Eddie Redmayne] slumped in an electric wheelchair, simulating the effects of Hawking's motor neurone disease, it's easy to forget you're looking at an actor.

January 28, 2015 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Pleasing to watch... but [leaves] little lasting impression.

January 5, 2015 | Full Review…

There's a mischievous quality to Redmayne that seems a good match with the wit Hawking has always managed to convey with a raised eyebrow and a mechanically-voiced quip.

January 5, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

If the film unfolds like a fairytale, at least it's a fairytale that doesn't often get told.

January 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Theory of Everything


It's amazing to see Redmayne disappear early on in the film and watch what fees like the actual Hawking for the story of his love life and early career. The other performances are great too but Redmayne can't possibly get enough praise for his portrayal of the scientist. Especially in the middle part the film could have used some trimming or emphasis on more interesting parts but especially the beginning and ending are very sweet and engaging, worthy of the great human being portrayed here.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


According to the movies either you get the girls or you're a genius, you can't have both. (Makes me wonder how they'll handle a woman genius) And how does one portray mucho schmartz on film anyway? Well, you've gotta focus on the exterior stuff, which in the case of the renowned Stephen Hawkings means a physically debilitating disease, a tight network of supportive friends, and your wife attending plenty of church choir practice. Soap opera, yes, but with tea instead of beer.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

British productions always seem to gain favor when it comes to getting Oscar nominations. This may come from the residual guilt of the American film elite over the constant stream of stupid, lame brained films our country churns out every year. This year the token British film is "The Theory of Everything." Like "The King's Speech" before it, this film has been given unneeded, unwarranted nominations. It will probably be the single most contentious film to be nominated this year. Read more at

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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