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A fascinating look at the life of Charles Darwin and his struggle to uphold his scientific theory amidst a society seated in religion.

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common sense

ON for kids age 14
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Positive messages
3 out of 5
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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.

what families can talk about

  • 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 ever encountered a discussion about the differing viewpoints? Ask your kids what they think 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Its view of life is that a paradigm-shifting breakthrough, rather than being the product of either solitary genius or cultural ferment, amounts instead to a pretext and a substitute for therapy.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Friday, January 22, 2010

Rotten: Like the best of breeds, Creation is somewhat of a mixed bag.

- Alice Tynan, The Vine, Monday, July 12, 2010

Rotten: It's an intelligent and emotional film, which (judging by the struggle the filmmakers had of getting an American distributor) proves that Darwin is still making people think, more than 120 years after his death.

- Alicia Malone, FILMINK (Australia), Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

A mostly restrained biopic about all the sadness and personal conflict that Charles Darwin went through while writing a book that would forever change History. A solid film that fortunately escapes melodrama and presents a strong performance by Paul Bettany.

- blacksheepboy, Saturday, August 21, 2010

3 stars

While I would not necessarily say that Creation is mindblowing or an endearing masterpiece, I was extreamely shocked at how good the movie is. I sort of doubt that it is all that historical; and it also cleverly evades being all that controversial, I mean this is Charles Darwin we're talking about! He is a figure that depending on your beliefs can either be hailed either as a saint or the devil's puppet. As far as trying find ideas or purpose in the film - not that is essential that there be anything - that is the main thing that struck out to me. Charles Darwin was for all practical purposes, just another guy. He had a wife, a family, his own passions, his own insecurities; not really the stuff legends are made of. I also really liked Jennifer Connelly and her character. We tend to think of Feminism as being a modern movement, but judging by Emma Darwin it seems like the very foundation of our history can be accredited to strong, passionate women. Men are generally presumed 'strong' because of inflated ego and excess testosterone. It seems like we could appluad many, many woman even in their pre-enpowered roles. Visually, Creation is absolutely gorgeous and artistic. Everything else could have sucked and I would have still enjoyed watching it. The only reason I do not rate the movie higher is just because the film didn't leave me with all that much. Just a couple of days now after watching it, I do not remember many details or even the major plot, nor did I feel anything while actually watching it. Still, it does an awful lot of things incredibly well, and is not flawed at all. It's more like it doesn't totally fullfill its potential.

- neverteaseaweasel, Monday, July 19, 2010

4 stars

Sometimes the fantastical elements of Creation, as beautiful as they are, distract from the overall story and the factual turn of events. The slight loss of hair on Darwin doesn't really go far enough in showing the gaps in time either but all that said, Creation is a touching and fascinating film about a subject I knew little about. It's not always his situation one thinks about when the question of Origin of the Species comes about, we can only imagine the struggle he must have gone through in his discovery. The cast are on good form, young Martha West is an actress to look out for in the future and In my opinion Paul Bettany has never been better.

- SirPant, Monday, September 3, 2012