Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game is found to be only 41.4% historically accurate, and that is if you’re only being insanely generous.
Taking a look at 14 Oscar-nominated biopics since 2010 by data-based site Information Is Beautiful, it found Selma – Ava DuVernay’s film on Martin Luther King – was considered 100% historically accurate.
Out of the films examined, the Benedict Cumberbatch movie was the least accurate by far.
The scale has a ‘pedantry’ scale, and on its most flexible it gives The Imitation Game 41.4%. On its most pedantic, looking for the absolute truth, it comes out as a dreadful 18.4% true.
‘To be fair, shoe-horning the incredible complexity of the Enigma machine and cryptography in general was never going to be easy,’ the analysts says.
‘But this film just rips the historical record to shreds.’
Much of the researchers’ issues come with the choice to portray Turing as possibly covering up for a Soviet spy, which never happened, among the multiple errors made throughout the film.
The scenes are painstakingly analyzed to show inaccurate The Imitation Game really is.
The Big Short finished in second with 91.4%, with other high rankers being Bridge of Spies (89.9%), 12 Years a Slave (88.1%), Spotlight (81.6%).
Dallas Buyers Club, which featured Jared Leto as a trans woman, was given the score of 61.4%.