Radioactive

Radioactive

Radioactive

Oscar nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) is history-making physicist and chemist Marie Curie in this biopic from Oscar-nominated director Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis).

"When Maria lands in Paris from Warsaw at age 24, she is passionately curious, but impatient with lesser minds. Meeting the more established Pierre Curie (Sam Riley) could be her salvation, but Maria — now Marie — proves disastrous at flirting and small talk. Yet even as the two argue, they recognize a mutual attraction. Soon Pierre and Marie agree to not just work together, but to marry. As they push their scientific investigation forward, the Curies unlock forces far beyond their control." (Toronto International Film Festival)

2020Rating: M, Sex scenes, offensive language & content that may disturb103 minsUK
DramaTrue Story & BiographyRomance
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Narratively messy, but it honours the technical side well

If you had to name a female scientist, most people would pick Marie Curie. In fact, while I know there are many brilliant women responsible for scientific greatness (such as the brilliant mathematicians from Hidden Figures), I couldn't name another one. Therefore the idea of bringing the life and accomplishments of Marie Curie to the big screen is something...

4.0
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While the story treads familiar territory to anyone who's seen a biopic about a famous Great Man, director Marjane Satrapi elegantly considers the cost at the heart of Curie's discoveries, and Rosamund Pike delivers a truly stirring performance.

3.0
Independent

Independent

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Radioactive is disappointingly paint-by-numbers, and often laughably ill-conceived.

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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A timely reminder of this exceptional woman's achievements.

The Guardian

The Guardian

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If this film does lift up Marie Curie, it does so for a two-dimensional Marie Curie of its own creation. Everything that should make her a richer character is fake.

1.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

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If this film does lift up Marie Curie, it does so for a two-dimensional Marie Curie of its own creation. Everything that should make her a richer character is fake.

1.0
Variety

Variety

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Satrapi collapses a century of innovation and destruction from the discovery of chemotherapy to Chernobyl into a flat timeline that Curie can see right through as though looking at an x-ray. In those moments of stylistic imagination, the film glows.

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While the story treads familiar territory to anyone who's seen a biopic about a famous Great Man, director Marjane Satrapi elegantly considers the cost at the heart of Curie's discoveries, and Rosamund Pike delivers a truly stirring performance.

3.0
Independent

Independent

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Radioactive is disappointingly paint-by-numbers, and often laughably ill-conceived.

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A timely reminder of this exceptional woman's achievements.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

If this film does lift up Marie Curie, it does so for a two-dimensional Marie Curie of its own creation. Everything that should make her a richer character is fake.

1.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

If this film does lift up Marie Curie, it does so for a two-dimensional Marie Curie of its own creation. Everything that should make her a richer character is fake.

1.0
Variety

Variety

press

Satrapi collapses a century of innovation and destruction from the discovery of chemotherapy to Chernobyl into a flat timeline that Curie can see right through as though looking at an x-ray. In those moments of stylistic imagination, the film glows.

Narratively messy, but it honours the technical side well

If you had to name a female scientist, most people would pick Marie Curie. In fact, while I know there are many brilliant women responsible for scientific greatness (such as the brilliant mathematicians from Hidden Figures), I couldn't name another one. Therefore the idea of bringing the life and accomplishments of Marie Curie to the big screen is...

4.0