The Imitation Game Synopsis
Alan Turing, a pioneer of computers, led a group of scholars to crack the codes of Germany's WWII Enigma machine. A genius under nail-biting pressure helped to save millions of lives and was ultimately convicted for the crime of homosexuality.

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New York Observer

By Rex Reed
Another must-see movie this year-end awards season (the other one is The Theory of Everything) is the brilliant encapsulation of one of the...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Zwecker
The film works as well as it does due to the genius of Benedict Cumberbatch and the way he has inhabited Alan Turing’s persona.
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RogerEbert.com

By Susan Wloszczyna
The Imitation Game is most on its game when it primarily sticks to being a John le Carre-lite espionage version of “Revenge of the Nerds.”
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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

By Roger Moore
It does a poor job of showing the tragedy of Turing’s hidden life but a better job at making a bigger case — unconventional people make...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's been a long time since intellectual sparring created such excitement onscreen. I've heard a few critics dismiss this mind-bender as...
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Time Out London

By Dave Calhoun
Its various riffs on codes, whether moral, sexual, societal or German, are plain to see rather than enigmatic or enlightening. Luckily it’s...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Dominating it all is Cumberbatch, whose charisma, tellingly modulated and naturalistic array of eccentricities, Sherlockian talent at...
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Empire

By Dan Jolin
A superb thriller and a worthy biopic of a real hero. It’s also simultaneously an encouraging follow-up for Headhunters’ Morten Tyldum, an...
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Variety

By Scott Foundas
So innately compelling is Turing’s story — to say nothing of Benedict Cumberbatch’s masterful performance — it’s hard not to get caught up...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
"Imitation" illuminates Turing's brilliance in an engrossing and moving film that features a standout, Oscar-worthy performance by Benedict...
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The Imitation Game

By jirvinj
An exceptional film, with a performance by Benedict Cumberbatch that will break your heart. An exciting, intelligent work that will touch anyone with its artful vision, historical relevance, and a...

Fascinating film with career best from Benedict Cumberbatch

By sarahwa
All I'd like to say is that it's the first film where the audience around me clapped at the end. Throughout the film they were as quiet as a church mouse , concentrating on the story as it unfolded. ...

Sublime Performance from Cumberbatch

By betina100
I saw this film a few weeks ago at a festival screening and it stays long in the mind and especially Cumberbatch's moving performance. I wasn't aware of Alan Turing before seeing the film but have...

Amazing movie.

By johnharrison667
I saw an advance screening of this movie and was so moved by it. It's such a powerful story and so masterfully executed by Cumberbatch and the rest of the cast. (Turing's life ought to be taught in...

Fascinating, Heartbreaking Story - Beautifully Acted

By nnschiff
A phenomenal, heartbreaking film with captivating performances. Benedict Cumberbatch once again amazes....

This is an important movie

By hotskoz
No spoiler alert needed. The Nazis did it and we won the war. This is the story of how the war was actually won in a small building in the middle of England.. But more than all that this is the story...

Outstanding performance by Benedict Cumberbatch

By chrisberni
Very good film, the kind that leaves you deep in contemplation as the credits roll. Great cast all around, and Benedict Cumberbatch was just outstanding. If you thought that Alan Turing sounds a bit...

Brilliant evocation of an "on the spectrum" genius

By dafishman
While not a biopic of Alan Turing (it omits many of his achievements, while wrongly attributes to him leadership in the restriction of dissemination of Ultra decodes), The Imitation Game succeeds...

This movie should've been so much better than it was

By lauriocl
The story of Alan Turing is so fascinating, but this felt so disconnected & flimsy. The acting was decent, but the structure of the film itself was awful. There was a feeble attempt to do every kind...

It was ok.

By distefdo171
Not enough emphasis on historical aspect or cryptological aspect. Felt like watching 2 different stories....

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Rated PG-13 | For Some Sexual References, Mature Thematic Material and Historical Smoking
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Strong performances buoy teen-friendly historical drama.
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