The Man Who Knew Infinity

The Man Who Knew Infinity

The Man Who Knew Infinity

Dev Patel (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) is Srinivasa Ramanujan in this historical biopic, the mathematical genius who grew up in a poor region of India and gained admittance to Cambridge University during the First World War. Jeremy Irons plays his professor and mentor G.H. Hardy. Co-stars Toby Jones and Stephen Fry.

2015Rating: PG108 minsUK
DramaTrue Story & BiographyHistorical
88%
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

If you can recall the frustration of getting the right answers in a school maths tests but being marked down for not explaining how you got there, you’ll relate to this film, for it’s essentially Show Your Working: The Movie. Sure, it’s not an eye-grabbing title (especially for those with mathlexia), but it does succinctly describe the main challenge faced by real-life mathematic genius Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel) and collaborating Cambridge University professor G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons).

3.0

A sliver of Indian culture meets British culture thru maths

Reasonably interesting movie on an Indian man who saw numbers and their meanings in his mind and wanted to tell the world, but was hemmed in by need to prove it, compounded by British culture at war time. I feel it probably didn't portray how huge the gaps actually were between the poor genius Ramanujan and the British arrogance and cultural barriers, tho...

3.0

Recommend it

If you enjoyed The Theory of Everything, you will probably enjoy this. Masterful performance from Jeremy Irons.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

The arguments between Ramanujan and Hardy form easily the most absorbing aspect of The Man Who Knew Infinity...

Time Out

Time Out

press

Polite, earnest stuff, but it never quite adds up to much.

3.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Irons’s Hardy steals this film away from its ostensible hero, in part because pulling the shutters down makes him that much harder to know.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Mr. Irons handily hits the emotional beats, as does Mr. Patel, as Ramanujan confronts incipient tuberculosis.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

At the end, it looks like a treacly, albeit high-minded Sunday afternoon drama serial.

2.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Predictable but poignant.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Touching, yes, and also informative, but it doesn't really add up to much in the end.

3.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Highly engaging performances by Dev Patel in the lead role and Jeremy Irons as his curmudgeonly mentor gradually warm up the Cambridge story...

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Well intentioned and played, this shows flashes of what could have been, but is ultimately let down by its timidity towards the maths...

3.0
Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

If you can recall the frustration of getting the right answers in a school maths tests but being marked down for not explaining how you got there, you’ll relate to this film, for it’s essentially Show Your Working: The Movie. Sure, it’s not an eye-grabbing title (especially for those with mathlexia), but it does succinctly describe the main challenge faced by real-life mathematic genius Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel) and collaborating Cambridge University professor G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons).

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

The arguments between Ramanujan and Hardy form easily the most absorbing aspect of The Man Who Knew Infinity...

Time Out

Time Out

press

Polite, earnest stuff, but it never quite adds up to much.

3.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Irons’s Hardy steals this film away from its ostensible hero, in part because pulling the shutters down makes him that much harder to know.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Mr. Irons handily hits the emotional beats, as does Mr. Patel, as Ramanujan confronts incipient tuberculosis.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

At the end, it looks like a treacly, albeit high-minded Sunday afternoon drama serial.

2.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Predictable but poignant.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Touching, yes, and also informative, but it doesn't really add up to much in the end.

3.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Highly engaging performances by Dev Patel in the lead role and Jeremy Irons as his curmudgeonly mentor gradually warm up the Cambridge story...

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Well intentioned and played, this shows flashes of what could have been, but is ultimately let down by its timidity towards the maths...

3.0

A sliver of Indian culture meets British culture thru maths

Reasonably interesting movie on an Indian man who saw numbers and their meanings in his mind and wanted to tell the world, but was hemmed in by need to prove it, compounded by British culture at war time. I feel it probably didn't portray how huge the gaps actually were between the poor genius Ramanujan and the British arrogance and cultural barriers,...

3.0

Recommend it

If you enjoyed The Theory of Everything, you will probably enjoy this. Masterful performance from Jeremy Irons.

4.0