Pleasing to watch... but [leaves] little lasting impression.
There's a mischievous quality to Redmayne that seems a good match with the wit Hawking has always managed to convey with a raised eyebrow and a mechanically-voiced quip.
If the film unfolds like a fairytale, at least it's a fairytale that doesn't often get told.
There's little acrimony in The Theory of Everything, which may reflect Hawking's actual outlook or just the movie's puppyish desire to please.
Director Marsh is a gifted documentarian, but at this point, his dramatic technique is too shallow to get inside his characters' heads.
The film both adheres to and gently upends the conventions of the Great Man genre.
What shines through loud and clear, though, is the humanity in Hawking's incredible story.
A well-made, well-acted but unexceptional film about one of the most exceptional figures of the last half-century.
"The Theory of Everything" offers intimate scenes from a very specific and challenging marriage, warts, black holes and all.