Genius Reviews

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June 17, 2016
Not nearly as smart as it should be.
June 17, 2016
"Genius" deals with the creative ego, its trappings and the need everyone has for an editor.
June 17, 2016
Well-written, gorgeously shot, and expertly edited, the film is also an exasperating exercise in good intentions gone wrong.
June 16, 2016
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.
June 16, 2016
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 clichs.
June 16, 2016
An intriguing study of the personalities and torturous process behind some of the early 20th century's great writing.
June 16, 2016
Those interested in Wolfe and his enduring legacy would be better off reading one of his novels than seeing this film.
June 16, 2016
Good editors strive to make themselves invisible, which is what makes this affectionate biopic of Maxwell Perkins-who guided Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Thomas Wolfe into print-such an odd surprise.
June 16, 2016
It's not bad, Genius, but it could have been great, and that's the disappointment.
June 16, 2016
If you squint, you can see the thoughtful prestige drama that screenwriter John Logan and director Michael Grandage were trying to make, but it's lost in a thicket of stereotypes and metaphors.
June 16, 2016
It's only outside the workplace, on the streets of New York ca. 1929 or paying a visit to a small blues bar for an impromptu rendition of "Flow Gently Sweet Afton," that the film comes to life.
June 16, 2016
The film has its fascinating moments. The performances aren't really among them.
June 16, 2016
It makes for half-baked drama.
June 16, 2016
While Firth does a fine and honorable job interpreting Perkins, it's a tight performance with very, very few offhanded moments. Meantime Law gives it his all, acting up a storm, going whole hog with Wolfe's Carolina dialect.
June 14, 2016
The film struggles mightily to dramatize the work of reading, writing, and editing, with loud scratches of red pencil on paper.
June 14, 2016
This is something that rhymes with 'blatant Shmoscarbait,' pure and simple, and it will get worse before it gets better.
June 13, 2016
John Logan's script is a jigsaw puzzle of clichs, and Michael Grandage's direction is antiseptic, but a few moments ... conjure the editor's forceful devotion.
Top Critic
June 10, 2016
Is it too much? Well, sure. Genius is more Thomas Wolfe than Max Perkins, you might say.
June 10, 2016
For all its tony trappings, the presentation of genius in Genius is purest Hollywood.
June 10, 2016
It could be that I see so many dumb movies these days that I'm inclined to cut a lot of slack for one of conspicuous intelligence, but I greatly enjoyed "Genius."
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