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Creation Review

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    It's impossible to say who's more unhinged: Darwin, caught between faith and reason, or the filmmakers.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    One of those tepid, genteel biopics that's far too busy ennobling its hero to bother giving him any recklessly interesting personality traits.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Creation is a superbly creative exercise for its star, Paul Bettany, who plays Charles Darwin. But it's a subdued and meandering portrait of the conflicts underlying the development of the theory of evolution.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    I have a feeling the loss of their child and the state of their marriage were what most interested the backers of this film. They must have wanted to make a film about Darwin the man, not Darwin the scientist.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Ray Bennett

    Amiel's greatest achievement is that Creation is a deeply human film with moments of genuine lightness and high spirits to go with all the deep thinking.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Complex drama gives teens and adults reason to think.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this thought-provoking drama doesn’t focus much on the nature of Charles Darwin’s research but instead on the lengthy and overwrought process he undergoes to write his famous book, On the Origin of Species. Characters debate God and religion intensely and are torn apart by grief surrounding a child's death -- themes that might be too weighty for young teens and tweens. There’s also some swearing (mostly words like "bulls--t") and brief scenes of non-sexual nudity.

  • Families can talk about why Charles has such a difficult time writing his famous book. What keeps him from working? What haunts him?
  • Some people take exception to Darwin’s theory of evolution. Have your kids everencountered a discussion about the differing viewpoints? Ask your kids what theythink and why they believe what they do.
  • How does the film address the subjects of faith and religion? Are they depicted as one and the same or different? Is it ever difficult to talk about faith and religion in your family?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The film celebrates people's right to disagree, even husbands and wives, as long as they’re respectful of each other’s views. It also applauds curiosity and hard work against all odds, plus the healing power of love.

  • rolemodels true4

    Role models: Despite tuning out his family in moments of deep depression and emotional paralysis, Charles is a loving father with genuine affection for his wife and children. Emma is an attentive mother, too, and though she might disagree with her husband’s research, she's encouraging of his work.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A man feels tortured by his worries and work, causing him to hallucinate, which creates a menacing tone. Shots of fetuses floating in jars; a bird’s neck is broken in the name of science. (Many bird carcasses, in fact, are shown in a lab.) The naked body of a teen dead from smallpox flashes across the screen. A fox attacks a rabbit.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Nothing suggestive or overt, but a man is shown naked in a makeshift shower (no genitalia visible). He and his wife discuss the fact that they’re cousins who fell in love with each other.

  • language false2

    Language: A smattering of “goddammit” and “bulls--t.”

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue