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Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly met making 2001 best-pic champ "A Beautiful Mind." While Connelly won the supporting actress Oscar, Bettany won her hand in marriage. Now they play naturalist Charles Darwin and his wife, Emma, in this biopic by Jon Amiel. Scientist husband and religious wife clash over his controversial theories of evolution. John Collee ("Master and Commander") adapted the biography by Darwin descendant Randal Keynes.
Critics at the Toronto fest seemed to agree on one thing, summed up by Cominsoon.net's Edward Douglas, "The sad fact is that Darwin came up with some interesting theories about life but didn't have an interesting life to have made a movie about it."
Variety's Dennis Harvey liked the film, but had a similar take. "Not much "happens, though the pic does its best to maintain energy in both physical presentation and mixed-chronology structure."