The strongest part of the film is the performance of Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, the British mathematician who was recruited by MI6 during World War II to try to decode intercepted German communications.
Cumberbatch seems to the best man to play this role and it’s hard to think of anyone else who could have played this role so convincingly.- delhidailynews’ review of The Imitation Game
What I loved about The Imitation Game was the rich development of the characters, particularly the two leads — the sublime Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing, and Keira Knightley, who plays what would have been Turing’s beard, had Turing been the kind of man to live that way….
Cumberbatch brings bits of Sherlock into the role here, the part of that character that also chafes against social interaction while relying on his own connection to his high intelligence. But unlike Sherlock, Turing is far more vulnerable, and thus, much more sympathetic. Heartbreaking is probably the best word. Cumberbatch anchors this film through its rough patches….
But it is Cumberbatch’s show, despite the strong supporting cast. You can’t take your eyes off him. It will be counted as one of the best performances of the year.- Sasha Stone, Awardsdaily’s review of The Imitation Game
[Benedict Cumberbatch], who bagged his first Emmy this week, now looks poised to snag his first-ever Oscar nomination for his performance as WWII hero Alan Turing….
But the best thing that it has in its favor is the performance of Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, the British mathematician who was recruited by MI6 during World War II to try to decode intercepted German communications. The good news for “Cumberbitches” (the self-ascribed nickname adopted by some of his legions of fans) is that, at least on the big screen, their man has never been better….
Cumberbatch is perfect for this character and it’s hard to think of anyone else today who could inhabit it. The actor nails the vocal and behavioral manifestations of someone dealing with those sorts of [autistic spectrum] issues (among others) as well as, if not better than, the longstanding gold standard, Hugh Dancy in the 2009 film Adam. And it doesn’t hurt that he also possesses a bit of an otherworldly countenance — he recently told me that he thinks he looks like an otter — since he’s playing a man who is so different from those around him that he seems almost like an alien to them. Anyway, the collective package simply works, and if Cumberbatch doesn’t end up with a best actor Oscar nomination, I will be very surprised.- Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter's review of The Imitation Game
The man who might have gotten the biggest boost from Friday’s opening of the Telluride Film Festival, Benedict Cumberbatch of “The Imitation Game,” wasn’t even there to enjoy his acclaim. But his ears were surely burning, because his film opened to the kind of near-universal kudos that nearly eclipsed the somewhat mixed reaction to the day’s other bows….
But the absent Cumberbatch was the toast of Telluride….
Weinstein may actually have an easier job than usual, at least when it comes to collecting nominations. Predicting whether Cumberbatch will earn one kind of counts as a “no s–t, Sherlock” no-brainer.- Chris Willman, The Wrap's review of The Imitation Game