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  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    This one means well, a kiss-of-death review if there ever was one. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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 don't want to be dragged in, the story of Annie becomes quite moving, almost unbearable. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Creation is a superbly creative exercise for its star, Paul Bettany, who plays Charles Darwin. But it's a subdued and meandering portrait of the conflicts underlying the development of the theory of evolution. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    It's impossible to say who's more unhinged: Darwin, caught between faith and reason, or the filmmakers. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Jon Amiel's moody, and strangely moving, vignette of the naturalist is something else entirely. It is more about Darwin, father and husband, than Darwin the scientist. show more

  • 80
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    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 deep thinking. show more

  • 65
    Bob Mondello NPR

    In fact, given its subject matter, Creation should arguably be bolder and more shocking if it wants to survive among the fittest at the multiplex. Audiences with so many flashier pictures available may not regard a straightforward period biopic as a natural selection. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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 wanted to make a film about Darwin the man, not Darwin the scientist. show more

  • 75

    It's a captivating story presented with a fresh and artistic spirit, putting a human face on the man behind the theories. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    It's smart, heartfelt, handsome and just mutated enough to sustain interest in a specialized subject. show more

  • March 04, 2012 rocnrlr
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    I was mesmerized!!! Beautifully done!

  • February 20, 2010 Bethh333
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    Snow bunny. Have you ever heard the expression, "sign of the times." Virtually all white men of his day, including scientists, and CLERGY, did not under stand the concepts of Cultural Anthropology. Thankfully, his scientific endeavors forged a path to see the dawn of a new science called, "cultural anthropology. I see Darwin and one of the founding fathers of such enlightenment. Too bad you have such a critical view. Maybe you can consider how he saw the humanity in the orangutan, as proof that you were wrong. Bethh333

  • February 15, 2010 isnowbunnyi13
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    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 Descent of Man"? "At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace the savage races throughout the world." Given our country's history with racism, why would we promote a movie that praises such a m

  • January 27, 2010 sobl0130
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    from second before....RUN TO SEE IT! Magnificant!

  • January 25, 2010 meissully
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    A true "film". You must see it, they don't make films like this anymore.

  • January 22, 2010 dhandzy
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    Must see for anyone even remotely interested in where life comes from, and the very human story of a father's love for his child, and for a couple's love for one another.

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