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A Brief History of Time

HD   G

Errol Morris

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About the Movie

Errol Morris turns his camera on one of the most fascinating men in the world: the pioneering astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, afflicted by a debilitating motor neuron disease that has left him without a voice or the use of his limbs. An adroitly crafted tale of personal adversity, professional triumph, and cosmological inquiry, Morris’s documentary examines the way the collapse of Hawking’s body has been accompanied by the untrammeled broadening of his imagination. Telling the man’s incredible story through the voices of his colleagues and loved ones, while making dynamically accessible some of the theories in Hawking’s best-selling book of the same name, A Brief History of Time is at once as small as a single life and as big as the ever-expanding universe.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 16
  • Fresh: 15
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Few of us can judge Hawking's intellect, but any of us can sense that fire, that insistence of self on self. – Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic, Apr 11, 2016

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Customer Reviews

A "Timeless" Classic

What an amazing film. Great to see this film in HD after all these years. Morris and Glass make a perfect duo once again. Morris's craftmanship is just as spectacular as any 3D film in theaters today. A fun mix of biography, theology, and the nature of the human condition. How far can we take the limits of our knowledge? Can we know the mind of God? Or does the universe simply exist for the sake of existing? A fascinating film that explores the captivating mysteries of the universe as well as the endearing stories of Hawking's life through his own commentary as well as that of friends and relatives.

It’s a big disappointment

This documentary could have been better, and it needed a different title. It’s all about Hawking; very little about the universe. Besides, there’s no closed captioning for the hearing impaired, which makes it practically impossible to understand what is being said. Furthermore, the documentary doesn’t tell you who are the people contributing to the documentary. If I’d known all this, I wouldn’t have wasted my money.



A Brief History of Time
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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 1991

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