X plus Y (2014)

X plus Y (2014)

X plus Y (2014)

A socially-awkward maths genius discovers his confidence in this comedic UK drama starring Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game), Rafe Spall (Life of Pi) and Academy Award-nominee Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine).

This is director Morgan Matthews' dramatic debut, from a story inspired by his own 2007 documentary Beautiful Young Minds.

2014Rating: M, Mature themes and coarse language111 minsUK
ComedyDramaFestival & Independent
91%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

flicks

It’s the little things that make characters feel real in James Graham’s X+Y script, which portrays autistic hero Luke as a person, rather than a pick-n-mix of “disabled genius” clichés. As the math-obsessed, socially awkward teen, who confesses to seeing the world “differently”, Asa Butterfield is superb. Following the death of his dad, Luke is inspired by his MS-suffering math tutor, (a suitably cynical Rafe Spall), to compete in the International Mathematical Olympiad (an Olympics for math - who knew?). As Luke’s long-suffering mum, Sally Hawkins conveys subtle grace as he rejects her touch, or demands his Chinese take-away contain a prime number of prawn balls.

4.0

Wonderful film

Wow - great performances. Good story. Highly recommend this.

5.0

Flawed genius

An apt description for some of those people that are not part of 'mainstream' is flawed genius because there is talent waiting to be uncovered. This movie gently underlines a few of the issues that people, who are amazingly talented, have to deal with day by day. Got caught up with the emotional aspects when you see the bullying, self mutilation, acting...

4.0

Please deliver something really oriental

Real Chinese girls would never put out that easily. Too cliche and west-oriented.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

A fiction loosely based on fact that adds up to a satisfying, compelling drama.

Total Film

Total Film

press

With A+ acting, a solid script and sensitive handling, there's enough here to move even the hardest of souls.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

At the core of this tender-hearted and moving British indie film is a fascinating relationship between a single mum and her autistic teenage son.

4.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

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.

4.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

[A] deeply affecting, sensitively handled British drama.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Familiar formula yet Morgan Matthews' feature debut adds up to a satisfying whole.

3.0
Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

flicks

It’s the little things that make characters feel real in James Graham’s X+Y script, which portrays autistic hero Luke as a person, rather than a pick-n-mix of “disabled genius” clichés. As the math-obsessed, socially awkward teen, who confesses to seeing the world “differently”, Asa Butterfield is superb. Following the death of his dad, Luke is inspired by his MS-suffering math tutor, (a suitably cynical Rafe Spall), to compete in the International Mathematical Olympiad (an Olympics for math - who knew?). As Luke’s long-suffering mum, Sally Hawkins conveys subtle grace as he rejects her touch, or demands his Chinese take-away contain a prime number of prawn balls.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

A fiction loosely based on fact that adds up to a satisfying, compelling drama.

Total Film

Total Film

press

With A+ acting, a solid script and sensitive handling, there's enough here to move even the hardest of souls.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

At the core of this tender-hearted and moving British indie film is a fascinating relationship between a single mum and her autistic teenage son.

4.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

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.

4.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

[A] deeply affecting, sensitively handled British drama.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Familiar formula yet Morgan Matthews' feature debut adds up to a satisfying whole.

3.0

Wonderful film

Wow - great performances. Good story. Highly recommend this.

5.0

Flawed genius

An apt description for some of those people that are not part of 'mainstream' is flawed genius because there is talent waiting to be uncovered. This movie gently underlines a few of the issues that people, who are amazingly talented, have to deal with day by day. Got caught up with the emotional aspects when you see the bullying, self mutilation, acting...

4.0

Please deliver something really oriental

Real Chinese girls would never put out that easily. Too cliche and west-oriented.

3.0