Genius Reviews

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August 20, 2019
'Genius' looks like a half-baked bread, lacking a solid emotional hook. [Full Review in Spanish]
October 14, 2017
For a film about finessing texts, there isn't much finesse in Genius.
August 29, 2017
Genius is a work of admiration and curiosity, but it is simply not a work of genius, so that's regrettable.
January 27, 2017
Unimaginative literary biopic.
December 8, 2016
The problem of the film is that the promised magnetism of the story it's hardly found in the screen. [Full review in Spanish]
August 25, 2016
Law's Wolfe is a solipsistic blowhard and Firth's Perkins has the patience of a saint, when what one wishes happened was that he had delivered a swift kick to the writer's pants and sent him packing.
August 25, 2016
Genius ends up being terrifically boring, while enthusiastically reproducing the creative hierarchies of the time it portrays.
August 1, 2016
The biographical Genius is uneven, and that imbalanced focus-the same thing that novelist Thomas Wolfe needed help with all those years ago-is its weakest element.
June 24, 2016
Too often literal rather than literary, stagey rather than cinematic, Genius can't live up to its title, and ultimately its good intentions are undone by mediocre instincts.
June 17, 2016
It sacrifices depth and context in favor of overwrought confrontations and emotional contrivances that make its artistic portrait seem slight.
June 17, 2016
Genius sings the praises of Wolfe's explosive talent but comes across as fussy and prim in its own style. If you're going to get romantic about a writer, this is not the way to do it.
June 17, 2016
One of storytelling's most overworked clichs - the great artist as insufferable human being - gets a full workout in "Genius," a labored true-life drama that is someone's bad idea for Oscar bait.
June 17, 2016
Not nearly as smart as it should be.
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
Perkins' joylessness weighs down a film already heavy with a sepia-toned palette and filled with dust motes and rain, its Depression-era look turning into actual depression.
June 16, 2016
The results are decidedly underwhelming despite a deluxe cast.
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
Despite the characters and the subject matter, the film is underwhelming, though Firth's acting is a masterwork of understatement.
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
There is plenty of genius on display, but the film, sadly, never comes close to being the equal of its subjects.
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