• Released
  • October 17, 1991
  • G , 1 hr 24 min
  • Documentary
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A Brief History of Time Synopsis
Filmmaker Errol Morris profiles British physicist Stephen Hawking, who has Lou Gehrig's disease.
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
It's more than science, more than biography, more than metaphor. Fusing all three and linking them to a profound human dimension that never...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
The beauty of Morris' achievement is the way he fuses Hawking's work in theoretical physics with his subject's life history -- finding...
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Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
A film that is genuinely mind-expanding, an exhilarating intellectual gantlet that tells a remarkable human story.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Hawking is as much a phenomenon as the phenomena he explores. Knowing that, A Brief History Of Time has the deceptive simplicity of an...
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The Dissolve

By Scott Tobias
Morris’ film does everything it can to make Hawking’s thinking accessible to a wider audience, and reveal how A Brief History Of Time is as...
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The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
A Brief History of Time is a kind of adventure that seldom reaches the screen, and it's a tonic.
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Chicago Tribune

Slickly executed and dramatically engaging.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Directed by the ingenious documentarian Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line), A Brief History of Time held out the promise of being an...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Somehow the movie fails to connect with the amazing energy of Hawking's ideas. We're left wanting to know more about either his theories or...
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Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
This biography, to our surprise, is extremely respectful and earnest and lacking Morris' usual transformational touch.
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