The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game

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The Imitation Game

The director of Norwegian crime thriller Headhunters helms this World War II true story of Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) - the English mathematician and logician who set out to break the Enigma code used by the Nazis but was persecuted for his sexuality. Co-stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode and Mark Strong.

Best Adapted Screenplay, Academy Awards 2015; People's Choice Award winner, Toronto International Film Festival 2014
2014Rating: M, Mature themes114 minsUK, USA
BiographyDramaThrillerTrue Story & BiographyWar
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

The movie is undeniably strong in its sense of a bright light burned out too soon, and the often undignified fate of those who dare to chafe at society's established norms.

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Time Out

Time Out

press

It’s all anchored in a storming performance from Cumberbatch: you’ll be deciphering his work long after the credits roll.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A highly conventional movie about a profoundly unusual man. This is not entirely a bad thing.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

What Cumberbatch delivers is an impressively rounded character study of someone variously kind, prickly, aggressive, awkward and supremely confident. But it's almost too nuanced.

3.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Cumberbatch has the ability to spin Turing's absence of tact into comedy and pathos.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An entirely credible portrait of genius at work.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A superb thriller and a worthy biopic of a real hero.

4.0
0

Good, but not great.

It's emotionally powerful at times, with spectacular performances and a tragic tale.

4.0
0

Knobs and dials

In the battle of the boffins I prefer this Alan Turing biopic to the Stephen Hawkings story. But hey, that's just me. Somehow it's easier to wrap my head around code cracking than quantum physics. Sure it was a tad clunky in order to get us up to speed, as was the Hawkings flick but Turing just felt a lot more likeable somehow and it is genuinely...

4.0
0

Great movie

I really enjoyed this film and didn't know where the time went. It really took me through a range of emotions.

5.0
0

The best LGBT film of 2014

I love this feature. It's not only talking about queer love but also about human nature.

5.0
0

Decipher Me

The Imitation Game A wonderful book adaptation, makes you thin and react to the background of war, what some people did behind closed doors that saved the lives of millions. The work of Cumberbatch was like 'Beautiful Mind’ with bits ‘Pearl Harbour’, 'Monuments Men' and 'Kings Speech’. It’s a great watch and I really felt for these guys with the work they...

5.0
0

50 year secret

My pic for best actor at this years Oscars.

5.0
0

Interesting history, lame film

This is an interesting history lesson. But the film is obvious and very conventional. Performances good, but the dialogue is poor (doesn't come across as real, but as perfunctory - to dispense plot). Just not done with any chutzpah or artistry. I'm stunned by its Oscar nominations.

2.0
0

The Imitation Game

From the Norwegian director of Headhunters, Morten Tyldum. The Imitation Game is a well-crafted biopic and British espionage spy thriller based on the true story that was held secret by the government for more than 50 years. Played by one of my favourite actors, Benedict Cumberbatch stars as mathematician and war hero Alan Turing, who cracked the enigma...

3.0
0

A great story

And to believe it has been held "secret" for50 years! Well told, well acted.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

The movie is undeniably strong in its sense of a bright light burned out too soon, and the often undignified fate of those who dare to chafe at society's established norms.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

It’s all anchored in a storming performance from Cumberbatch: you’ll be deciphering his work long after the credits roll.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A highly conventional movie about a profoundly unusual man. This is not entirely a bad thing.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

What Cumberbatch delivers is an impressively rounded character study of someone variously kind, prickly, aggressive, awkward and supremely confident. But it's almost too nuanced.

3.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Cumberbatch has the ability to spin Turing's absence of tact into comedy and pathos.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An entirely credible portrait of genius at work.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A superb thriller and a worthy biopic of a real hero.

4.0
0

Good, but not great.

It's emotionally powerful at times, with spectacular performances and a tragic tale.

4.0
0

Knobs and dials

In the battle of the boffins I prefer this Alan Turing biopic to the Stephen Hawkings story. But hey, that's just me. Somehow it's easier to wrap my head around code cracking than quantum physics. Sure it was a tad clunky in order to get us up to speed, as was the Hawkings flick but Turing just felt a lot more likeable somehow and it is genuinely...

4.0
0

Great movie

I really enjoyed this film and didn't know where the time went. It really took me through a range of emotions.

5.0
0

The best LGBT film of 2014

I love this feature. It's not only talking about queer love but also about human nature.

5.0
0

Decipher Me

The Imitation Game A wonderful book adaptation, makes you thin and react to the background of war, what some people did behind closed doors that saved the lives of millions. The work of Cumberbatch was like 'Beautiful Mind’ with bits ‘Pearl Harbour’, 'Monuments Men' and 'Kings Speech’. It’s a great watch and I really felt for these guys with the work they...

5.0
0

50 year secret

My pic for best actor at this years Oscars.

5.0
0

Interesting history, lame film

This is an interesting history lesson. But the film is obvious and very conventional. Performances good, but the dialogue is poor (doesn't come across as real, but as perfunctory - to dispense plot). Just not done with any chutzpah or artistry. I'm stunned by its Oscar nominations.

2.0
0

The Imitation Game

From the Norwegian director of Headhunters, Morten Tyldum. The Imitation Game is a well-crafted biopic and British espionage spy thriller based on the true story that was held secret by the government for more than 50 years. Played by one of my favourite actors, Benedict Cumberbatch stars as mathematician and war hero Alan Turing, who cracked the enigma...

3.0
0

A great story

And to believe it has been held "secret" for50 years! Well told, well acted.

4.0
0