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The Immortalists

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David Alvarado & Jason Sussberg

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About the Movie

The Immortalists is the story of two eccentric scientists struggling to discover medical breakthroughs to create eternal youth. And yet they fight to gain support for their cause in our world, which they call a world “blind to the tragedy of old age. ” Bill Andrews is a lab biologist and famed long-distance runner racing against the ultimate clock. Aubrey de Grey is a genius theoretical biologist who conducts his research with a beer in hand. They differ in style and substance, but are united in their common crusade: to cure aging or die trying. They publicly brawl with the old guard of biology who argue that curing aging is neither possible nor desirable. As Andrews and de Grey battle their own aging and suffer the loss of loved ones, their journeys toward life without end ultimately become personal.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 10
  • Fresh: 7
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 4.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This sly documentary rises above its speculative hook by shifting to show the very human, and very mortal, sides of these would-be warriors of eternity. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Nov 28, 2014

Fresh: The age-old search for the fountain of youth is engagingly appraised in "The Immortalists," a lively documentary focusing on a pair of very different biomedical scientists who are equally obsessed with eradicating the ravages of time. – Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, Dec 10, 2014

Fresh: Even if it doesn't convince us they're likely to conquer death before it comes for them, the film does prompt interesting debates about just how desirable an unlimited stay on Planet Earth would be. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Nov 13, 2014

Rotten: Should you find the prospect of immortality terrifying, as I do, the film has a vast philosophical hole at its center, and passes with only occasional spikes of interest. – Michelle Orange, Village Voice, Nov 25, 2014

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