As the film continues to settle within my cinematic soul, this very well could be the best film of the year, anchored by a career best performance from the amazing Benedict Cumberbatch….
Benedict Cumberbatch continues to climb the ladder as one of the best actors working today. After impressive performances August: Osage County, 12 Years a Slave, and TV’s “Sherlock,” this is the role that will make him a bonafide movie star. Oscar-winner or not, this will be looked upon like the greats such as Gene Hackman in The French Connection or any legendary 70’s movie that you love today. Cumberbatch hones in on all of Turing’s character flaws and good qualities that make him a real person. He constructs him from the toes up, inflicting mannerisms and behaviors that all ring true. He stimulates all the sensual beats that keep us fixated on a performance. I can’t help but go back to someone like Joaquin Phoenix in The Master, who delivered a construction of epic proportions. Though based on a real person, the talented Cumberbatch ignites his own masterpiece performance. He follows the demons of Turing down to his bones. Unsure, arrogant, and dismissive to the world around him, Turing shows only what he must, what he chooses, and every once in a while, we get a front seat to his soul. Thank you Cumberbatch….
It’s a complete realistic view at the spy game that stands as one of the best films of the year and a performance for the ages from Benedict Cumberbatch.- Clayton Davis, The Awards Circuit review of The Imitation Game
A woman in the audience asked British star Benedict Cumberbatch if she could “taste [his] deliciousness’’ during a Q & A following Monday night’s Toronto International Film Festival premiere of his thoroughly engrossing biopic “The Imitation Game.’’
He politely demurred, but his legions of fans, Oscar voters and everyone else will soon get to savor his sensitive and cerebral performance as math genius Alan Turing….
“The Imitation Game,’’ which hits US theaters on Nov. 21, is a triumph for Cumberbatch — who, here, as in his very different TV performance as Sherlock Holmes, proves he’s not only as “yummy’’ as that woman in the audience described him, but excels at playing characters with beautiful minds.- Lou Lumenick, New York Post review of The Imitation Game
Turing was, to put it extremely simply, a complicated fellow – highly intelligent, socially awkward, and mostly interested in being alone – and Cumberbatch captures his various moods and modes with ease. The Imitation Game may be a touch more neat and nifty than it should be, but Cumberbatch’s work is enough to mark it as something very special indeed….
It may be remarkably standard storytelling, but the fine details that Cumberbatch layers into his performance, along with well-crafted historical elements and an engaging story, elevate the entire film to a higher plane.
Cumberbatch’s performance is often quite remarkably understated. The actor doesn’t go for big, obvious choices, and his restrained work is a new career high for him, and his work as Turing will most likely remain a signature performance in what (we can only hope) is a very long career….
Turing’s life story is inherently cinematic, and it certainly deserves to be seen, but Cumberbatch is the main event here, making something almost impossible (capturing such a man as Turing in a tidy two-hour package) look easy, important, and appropriately imperfect.- Kate Erbland, Film School Rejects’ review of The Imitation Game
And yes, for those who keep track of these annual marathons, it is (or should be) an Oscar contender. Picture, director, screenplay, supporting actress and actor all seem to be in play.
Particularly Best Actor – yes, “Cumberbitches” – for Benedict Cumberbatch’s calculated, lean, strong and confident portrayal of brilliant mathematician Alan Turing….
The Imitation Game, to me, takes Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock persona and writes it large for an awards-contending role. That’s not a bad thing. With his mannerisms, there are roles that he is tailored to play. Turing more is an example of Cumberbatch doing what he does better than anyone else. The race-the-clock code-breaking thriller wraps itself around the actor’s autistic, auteur personality – and everyone benefits because of it.
It’s Cumberbatch’s show…- Sean O’Connell, Cinema Blend's review of The Imitation Game
Benedict Cumberbatch is odds-on to be nominated for an Oscar (at the very least) for his brilliant turn as Alan Turing, the Second World War code-breaker who in 1951 was convicted for gross indecency over a homosexual act.
It’s the performance of his career in what is also the best British film of the year.- Kaleem Aftab, The Independent’s review of The Imitation Game
The Cumberbitches will be pleased.
If you’ve never heard of the “Cumberbitches,” they’re the online worshippers/fans of one Benedict Cumberbatch, the English actor best known in the States for playing Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness and for recently winning an Emmy for his work as the titular detective on BBC’s Sherlock. As an actor, he’s refined and debonair, exuding the balance of ruggedness, delicateness, and slight quirkiness that only Brits with names like Cumberbatch and Hiddleston can do so effortlessly; as an unlikely heartthrob, he makes the weird-looking Robert Pattinson’s rise to pin-up hunk seem logical.
All of that has turned Cumberbatch into the Internet’s male answer to Anna Kendrick, only rivaled by Chris Pratt.
And by year’s end, even your out-of-touch mother will know his name. Come Academy Awards season, Benedict Cumberbatch will be all the rage thanks to The Imitation Game, one of this year’s textbook Oscar bait movies….
Once Tyldum fully embraces The Imitation Game’s in-the-closet subplot as its driving force, Cumberbatch really breaks free, no Ariana. That’s when you’ll start letting the waterworks out. At yesterday’s TIFF screening, two grown men, seated on both sides of me, audibly cried like your little sister watching The Fault in Our Stars during one of The Imitation Game’s closing scenes. They lost it during a teary-eyed breakdown for Turing in which Cumberbatch shows why all of The Imitation Game’s early Oscar buzz is, for once, not just gun-jumping hyperbole. It’s the scene they’ll use—if the nod does happen—after his name gets announced in the Academy Awards broadcast. Years from now, it’s what we’ll all look back on as the moment when we all became Cumberbitches.- Matt Barone, Complex's review of The Imitation Game