The incredible true story of Marie Sklodowska-Curie and her Nobel Prize-winning work that changed the world.


Marjane Satrapi


Jack Thorne (screenplay by), Lauren Redniss (based on the book by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosamund Pike ... Marie Curie
Yvette Feuer ... Carla
Mirjam Novak ... Nurse (as Mirjam Novák)
Ralph Berkin ... Doctor
Sam Riley ... Pierre Curie
Simon Russell Beale ... Professor Lippmann
Sian Brooke ... Bronia Sklodowska
Faye Bradbrook ... Bronia's Maid
Drew Jacoby ... Loie Fuller
Aneurin Barnard ... Paul Langevin
Harriet Turnbull ... Young Marie
Georgina Rich ... Marie's Mother
Elise Alexandre ... Young Bronia
Katherine Parkinson ... Jeanne Langevin
Dóra Köves Dóra Köves ... Pierre's Mother


The incredible true story of Marie Sklodowska-Curie and her Nobel Prize-winning work that changed the world.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Pioneer. Genius. Rebel.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, disturbing images, brief nudity and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Rosamund Pike (Marie) and Harriet Turnbull (Young Marie) starred as mother and daughter in the 2014 film, What We Did On Our Holiday. See more »


The audience at the Swedish Academy called out "Bravo!". It should have been "Brava!" See more »


Pierre Curie: Your main problem, Marie, is your arrogance.
Marie Curie: My main problem is you. And the fact that I love you so utterly.
[stomps off]
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The Poet Acts Part 1
Written by Philip Glass
Performed by Michael Riesman with The Lyric Quartet
Courtesy of Paramount Pictures and WB Music Corp.
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Kind of blah
7 October 2020 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

I had a tough time with this film - it didn't really hold my attention.

"Radioactive" purports to tell the story of Marie Curie and her husband Pierre, and their scientific work which resulted in their pioneering work in radioactivity.

"Madam Curie" from 1943 was so much better, in spite of the fact that they drenched Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon in flour to make them look old at the end. Since Eve Curie chose Greer Garson for the role (and the film was based on her book), it seems logical that Rosalind Pike saw Madam Curie.

Pike reminded me very much of Greer Garson except that the way Marie is portrayed in the film is as an arrogant, willful, somewhat unpleasant woman. It's not Pike's fault. I don't think the direction is very good.

I also don't know why Hiroshima and Chernobyl were shown. Marie Curie invented polonium and radium, which have nothing to do with these bombs. It just indicates that the research for this script wasn't very good.

I won't go through all the other inaccuracies. The importance of a biopic is that people will become interested and read up on the subject, not to accept everything in the film as fact.

The performances are good. Marie Curie was an amazing woman who broke through a lot of barriers and worked tirelessly, believing in the importance of science.

Somehow I was more swept away by the 1943 version. Radioactive left me feeling kind of blah. Also it was too long.

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24 July 2020 (USA) See more »

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