Creation Synopsis
After his daughter dies, Charles Darwin grapples with issues of grief, science and faith.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Amiel's greatest achievement is that Creation is a deeply human film with moments of genuine lightness and high spirits to go with all the...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It helps that most of Creation is about the relationships - Darwin's with his wife and with his daughter. Even if we resist it, even if we...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Jon Amiel's moody, and strangely moving, vignette of the naturalist is something else entirely. It is more about Darwin, father and...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
I have a feeling the loss of their child and the state of their marriage were what most interested the backers of this film. They must have...
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NPR

By Bob Mondello
In fact, given its subject matter, Creation should arguably be bolder and more shocking if it wants to survive among the fittest at the...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Creation is a superbly creative exercise for its star, Paul Bettany, who plays Charles Darwin. But it's a subdued and meandering portrait...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This one means well, a kiss-of-death review if there ever was one.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
There are good performances and fleeting moments of exquisite moviemaking, but the experience as a whole is an evolutionary dead end.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
One of those tepid, genteel biopics that's far too busy ennobling its hero to bother giving him any recklessly interesting personality...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
It's impossible to say who's more unhinged: Darwin, caught between faith and reason, or the filmmakers.
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Back to the Dictionary

By blit
Merriam Webster cited Creation: The act of creating, especially; the act of bringing the world into ordered existence. Evolution: A theory that various types of animals and plants have their...

Five Word Review

By natalie542
Can't wait to see it!...

Stop calling Darwin a racist to scare people away from seeing the movie.

By Hazuki
Darwin was not a racist he said that we all started as savages and developed our technology after we migrated from Africa. That wasn't to put down anyone, and he even says that race is a cultural...

Five Word Review

By twietaj
Enticing Drama Great Writing Acting...

Darwin was racist. Given our country's history with racism, why would anyone watch this movie?

By isnowbunnyi13
I don't dispute evolution as applied to nature. My question is Why would anyone want to watch a movie about a man who was openly racist? Did you read what Darwin himself said in his writing "The...

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Rated PG-13 | For Intense Thematic Material
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Complex drama gives teens and adults reason to think.
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