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

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In the film, Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing with all of his quirks and speech impediments and nuances. Watching him take over this character completely is enchanting, he is absolutely sensational, delivering one of the finest performances all year. While completely unrelated in content, Cumberbatch has the kind of moments in this that Chiwetel Ejiofor had in 12 Years a Slave - where just one shot on his face while he talks or yells or thinks evokes such a touching reaction. I’ve admired Cumberbatch for years, but this is one of his best performances he’ll ever give, and he deserves all the accolades soon coming his way.

- Alex Billington, First Showing's review of The Imitation Game

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The movie fashions the adult Turing as a genius, but also as obsessive, socially awkward and self-involved. As you’d expect, Cumberbatch does a wonderful job bringing this characterization to life and it’s often his performance that overcomes some of the film’s melodramatic tendencies…. The “Sherlock” star also has the unique ability to create sympathy for a character who could come across as cold and callous in another actor’s hands.

- Gregory Ellwood, HitFix's review of The Imitation Game

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A historical drama about WWII cryptographer Alan Turing, “The Imitation Game” is a kudos candidate [for awards] in multiple categories, including the superb performances of Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley…

- Tim Gray, Variety’s review of The Imitation Game

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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

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…Cumberbatch makes the movie easy to watch with his harsh, inhuman personality that surely must have veered somewhere near the autism spectrum.

- Rodrigo Perez, Indiewire’s review of The Imitation Game

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[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

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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

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…this one just has Academy Award nominations written all over it…. certainly the stunning lead actor performance of new Emmy winner Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing, the brilliant British math nerd who cracked the code of Nazi Germany’s military maneuvers , but also led a complex, and ultimately tragic, personal life.

- Pete Hammond, Deadline Hollywood’s review of The Imitation Game

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Cumberbatch handles this and other tired conventions with aplomb, sliding effortlessly into a role that practically demands to be overacted. It’s a reserved, almost conservative performance, and in holding so much back so much of the time, Cumberbatch makes his few outward displays of emotion far more impactful.

- Michael Nordine, Indiewire's review of The Imitation Game

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