Long Story Short rewards perseverance and, after a sputtering start, reveals enough heart and substance to make this film worth seeing.

Marie Curie’s story is an important one, and should have presented an enthralling film subject, but Marjane Satrapi’s Radioactive is an overly bleak film, revising history arbitrarily and often reducing triumph to trial, and treating redemption as a belated and understated postscript.