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Washington Post by Desson Thomson
To watch "Time" is not merely to marvel at the heavens we cannot yet know; it is also to admire Hawking, now 50, for approaching such daunting problems on a daily basis, despite every possible problem the cosmos can throw at him.
San Francisco Chronicle by Edward Guthmann
The beauty of Morris' achievement is the way he fuses Hawking's work in theoretical physics with his subject's life history -- finding subtle connections between the two, and avoiding the pat, predictable structure of biographical film. [28 Aug 1992, p.C3]
Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan
A film that is genuinely mind-expanding, an exhilarating intellectual gantlet that tells a remarkable human story.
Austin Chronicle by Marjorie Baumgarten
This biography, to our surprise, is extremely respectful and earnest and lacking Morris' usual transformational touch.
Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman
Directed by the ingenious documentarian Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line), A Brief History of Time held out the promise of being an audacious, brain-bending experience. Instead, it's plodding and disappointingly conventional.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Rick Groen
Hawking is as much a phenomenon as the phenomena he explores. Knowing that, A Brief History Of Time has the deceptive simplicity of an elegant equation - it merely sets up the parallels and permits us to wonder, gazing upon the heavens above and the mysteries within. [28 Aug 1992]
Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert
Somehow the movie fails to connect with the amazing energy of Hawking's ideas. We're left wanting to know more about either his theories or his life, but what we get is a little of each.
Morris’ film does everything it can to make Hawking’s thinking accessible to a wider audience, and reveal how A Brief History Of Time is as much its author’s story as it is the story of the universe.
The New York Times by Vincent Canby
A Brief History of Time is a kind of adventure that seldom reaches the screen, and it's a tonic.