The Man Who Knew Infinity

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Compelling story, but WWI-era math biopic needs more zest.

PG-13 2016 108 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 1 review

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age 10+

Great family movie!

Our family (11 + 13 yo) enjoyed this movie. It's from another era and showcases the genius of Ramunajan and the context of his work with British colonizer attitudes. There is also a romantic thread interwoven and some interesting thoughts of God and science. Overall, a great little gem.

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age 8+

Race, Class, Colonialism, and MATH

We are a STEM family and already knew the basic storyline prior to watching the movie. But it was a wonderful portrayal that seemed accessible to non-math folks on the gentle tension in mathematics between rigor of proofs and the beauty of innovation. You may want to take the opportunity to talk to your kids about the nature of young/arranged marriage as well as colonialism as much of the film is based on those.

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