It's survival of the fittest at the box office and unfortunately for the new Charles Darwin bio 'Creation,' the consensus is director Jon Amiel ('Copycat,' 'Entrapment') has not created a great work.

Critics feel the story meanders along -- kind of like the crabs that Darwin famously studied -- resulting in a film that lacks momentum. It's based on a Darwin bio by Randal Keynes, a Darwin descendant, called 'Annie's Box,' which examines the death of the Darwins' young child, Annie, and its effect on the scientist.

In 'Creation,' Brit actor Paul Bettany ('The Da Vinci Code,' 'A Beautiful Mind') is Darwin and Bettany's real-life wife Jennifer Connelly ('A Beautiful Mind,' 'The Day the Earth Stood Still') plays Darwin's wife, Emma. They generally receive favorable marks, though not overwhelming, with Bettany getting the better notices on the average.

Darwin, of course, wrote 'The Origin of Species,' which detailed the theory of evolution. There's some overseas speculation about whether American audiences would saddle up to a Darwin biopic, given the sometimes still controversial topic. However, it might be lukewarm reviews that keep people away from 'Creation' and not a blowback against Darwinism.

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