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A Brief History of Time

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United Kingdom, Japan, United States · 1991
Rated G · 1h 20m
Director Errol Morris
Starring Stephen Hawking, Isobel Hawking, Janet Humphrey, Mary Hawking
Genre Documentary

A documentary based on the life of scientist Stephen Hawking, exploring the physicist's personal life through his own accounts and those of friends and family. Framed as a look at his influential book A Brief History of Time, the film also addresses Hawking's experiences with ALS.

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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]


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.


The Dissolve by Scott Tobias

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.

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