I wish I could write my review here, but it has not come to a theater anywhere near me. According to Box Office Mojo, its widest release was in twelve whole theaters. Critical response has been tepid. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 46% (certified rotten) based on 90 reviews, with such memorable quotes as
- "A great moment in the history of ideas does not necessarily make for a great movie." (Tom Long, Detroit News)
- "In the end, Creation takes a huge and potentially fascinating story and evolves it into a piddly cliche." (Chris Hewitt, St. Paul Pioneer Press)
- "Some questions just can't be answered by science, and the quandary of why Creation is so poundingly dull is one of them." (Stephanie Zacharek, salon.com)
The second weekend for Creation was much less successful. It expanded to 12 theaters, but the per theater gross dropped to 44% of the first weekend (to $3333). In comparison, the second week of Tooth Fairy dropped to 71%, and The Young Victoria dropped to 66%. Given the weak reviews, I guess Newmarket made more profit by not investing a lot in promotion and giving Creation a very limited theatrical release than they would have by investing in unconvincing promotion and a wider release (see Tooth Fairy).
So I guess I have to wait for the Creation DVD, which according to Amazon is already available in Region 2. The American DVD does not yet have a release date.