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Genius (2016)



Critic Consensus: Genius seeks to honor worthy subjects, yet never gets close enough to the titular quality to make watching worth the effort.

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From Academy Award-nominated screenwriter JOHN LOGAN (Gladiator, The Aviator, Hugo, Skyfall) and acclaimed, Tony Award-winning director MICHAEL GRANDAGE in his feature film debut, comes Genius, a stirring drama about the complex friendship and transformative professional relationship between the world-renowned book editor Maxwell Perkins (who discovered F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway) and the larger-than-life literary giant Thomas Wolfe. Based on the biography "Max Perkins: Editor of Genius" by A. SCOTT BERG, Genius stars COLIN FIRTH as Perkins, JUDE LAW as Wolfe, NICOLE KIDMAN as Aline Bernstein, a costume designer sharing a tumultuous relationship with Wolfe, LAURA LINNEY as Louise Perkins, Max's wife and a talented playwright, GUY PEARCE as F. Scott Fitzgerald and DOMINIC WEST as Ernest Hemingway.
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Colin Firth
as Max Perkins
Jude Law
as Thomas Wolfe
Nicole Kidman
as Aline Bernstein
Laura Linney
as Louise Saunders
Guy Pearce
as F. Scott Fitzgerald
Dominic West
as Ernest Hemingway
Vanessa Kirby
as Zelda Fitzgerald
Julia Wolfe
as Gillian Hanna
Demetri Goritsas
as John Wheelock
Mark Arnold
as Boat Captain
Angela Ashton
as Bertha Perkins
Eve Bracken
as Zippy Perkins
Katya Watson
as Jane Perkins
Lorna Doherty
as Peggy Perkins
Makenna McBrierty
as Nancy Perkins
Miquel Brown
as Eleanor, "Perkins' Maid
Corey Johnson
as John Wheelock
Lucy Briers
as Miss Wyckoff
Harry Attwell
as Assistant Editor
Ray Strasser-King
as James Mailroom Clerk
Katherine Kingsley
as Purring Woman
Cassandra Nina
as Woman at Bar
Andrew Byron
as Grand Central Station Conductor
Jane Perry
as John Hopkins Hospital Nurse
Trina Dillon
as Effie Wolfe
Gary Thomsett
as Frank Wolfe
Elaine Caulfield
as Mabel Wolfe
Mark Philimore
as Frederick Wolfe
James Bierman
as Funeral Minister
Richard Clark
as Guest at Purring Woman's Table
Stella McCabe
as Guest at Purring Woman's Table
Christopher Oram
as Guests at Purring Woman's Table
Mike Vessey
as Guest at Purring Woman's Table
Alistair Sanderson
as Lighting Technician
Alex Scrivens
as Lighting Technician
Pamela Okoroafor
as Woman at Bar
Jo Dyce
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Genius

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (34)

Not nearly as smart as it should be.

Full Review… | June 17, 2016
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

"Genius" deals with the creative ego, its trappings and the need everyone has for an editor.

Full Review… | June 17, 2016
Detroit News
Top Critic

Well-written, gorgeously shot, and expertly edited, the film is also an exasperating exercise in good intentions gone wrong.

Full Review… | June 17, 2016
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Perhaps the best advertisement for Genius -- not only did it make me want to revisit Berg's book, it had me lining up the Wolfe, Fitzgerald and Hemingway on the e-book runway.

Full Review… | June 16, 2016
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Firth and Law falter with their characters' awkward bromance: the former a fatherly cipher (will he ever take off that fedora?); the latter a clatter of drunken scribe clichés.

Full Review… | June 16, 2016
Toronto Star
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An intriguing study of the personalities and torturous process behind some of the early 20th century's great writing.

Full Review… | June 16, 2016
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for Genius

fantastic movie great acting by colin firth and graet acting by jude law nicole kidmen finally she back i love this movie so much

talal abualfath
talal abualfath

An interest in these people would definitely make the story more interesting, but Firth and Law were great together.

Heather Metzger
Heather Metzger

I'm not sure why the critics have been so hard on this movie. There can be no doubt that Wolf suffered from bouts of manic depression, something Jude Law can only accommodate in a limited way since we don't have any film footage of Wolfe's peculiarities and physical behavior. The readings from Wolf'e's books are powerful and yes, those lines do reveal the genius of Wolfe that is uniquely American in flavor and content, full of strong emotion, and revelations of life we fail to consider in our superficial age of technology and endless entertainments. The movie depicts in a very beautiful way the dangers of genius and the need for someone of common sense and practical wisdom to put boundaries on that genius, not so much to restrain its expression, but to protect it from the destruction of the wilderness. Perkins keeps Wolfe grounded in the things that are more important than art or fame, and in that sense saves both the man and the artist. There is some excellence in this movie that I think the critics missed. The biography of Maxwell Perkins, Editor of Genius, by A. Scott Berg had a deep affect on me as an aspiring writer in the late seventies. Writers need people like Maxwell Perkins, and there are very few writers who ever find them. The ones who do produce great books. Any writer will tell you that. The editor is as much a part of the creative process as the writer, at least when it comes to literature that ventures along the road less traveled. This movie is both deeper and better than most people are willing, or able, to admit.

Chris Cecil
Chris Cecil

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