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United Kingdom
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2014

1h 51m

Director Morgan Matthews
Starring Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan
Genre Drama
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A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad. Hilarious and heartrending, this film will make you laugh out loud and then tear you to pieces with its emotionally rich story and performances.

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Variety by Joe Leydon

Matthews’ background as a documentarian is obvious and beneficial. But Matthews also demonstrates expertise as a director of actors, getting creditable performances across the board.
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The Playlist by Nikola Grozdanovic

Without the performances and splash of style as support, the film would collapse, because the story is indisputably boxed inside a square of standard dimensions.
63

Movie Nation by Roger Moore

Butterfield is quite good, the other kids well-matched and Spall, Hawkins and Marsan terrific in support. That adds up to a picture well-worth your time.
80

The Telegraph by Tim Robey

The film’s magic is how it slips the skin of sappy and mendacious formula, stepping away from cliché scene by scene, and in quietly revelatory ways.

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