I.Q. (1994)




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Albert Einstein plays matchmaker in this nostalgically romantic comedy set in the 1950s. Einstein is concerned about his genius niece Catherine's love life. When garage mechanic Ed Walters meets and falls in love with Catherine, Einstein decides he's the right one for Catherine and puts his matchmaking plan into action.
Comedy , Romance
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Tim Robbins
as Ed Walters
Meg Ryan
as Catherine Boyd
Walter Matthau
as Albert Einstein
Lou Jacobi
as Kurt Gödel
Gene Saks
as Boris Podolsky
Joseph Maher
as Nathan Liebknecht
Stephen Fry
as James Moreland
Tony Shalhoub
as Bob Rosetti
Charles Durning
as Louis Bamberger
Keene Curtis
as Eisenhower
Alice Playten
as Gretchen
Danny Zorn
as Dennis
Roger Berlind
as Duncan
Arthur Berwick
as Academic
Tim Jerome
as Academic
John McDonough
as Academic
Lewis J. Stadlen
as Moderator
Jeff Brooks
as Reporter
Daniel von Bargen
as Secret service agent
Jack Koenig
as First Reporter
Sol Frieder
as Professor Lowenstein
Theodore Conant
as Dinner Guest
Scotty Bloch
as Dinner Guest
Chet Carlin
as Dinner Guest
Alice Drummond
as Dinner guest
Leo Leyden
as Dinner Guest
Le Clanche Du Rand
as Dinner Guest
Brook Berlind
as Dinner Guest
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Critic Reviews for I.Q.

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (4)

Breezy, quirky romcom is predictable but sweet.

Full Review… | October 15, 2013
Common Sense Media

Walter Matthau makes a captivating and very funny Albert Einstein in this romantic comedy about the iconic scientist playing Cupid for his niece.

Full Review… | March 4, 2012
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Has been done to death, but there's something endearingly goofy about throwing Einstein, of all people, into the mix that breathes new life into the formula.

Full Review… | November 27, 2003
Decent Films Guide

It's bad in the way, in fact, of a film that seems a lot like a good movie until you accidentally think about it for just one second.

Full Review… | October 28, 2003
Film Freak Central


July 20, 2003
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

A Romantic Comedy without a bit of romantic chemistry or a solitary laugh . . . the most ill-concieved idea since they made Schwarznegger pregnant.

Full Review… | March 19, 2003

Audience Reviews for I.Q.


Cute. Nice sets and costumes.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

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Not that great.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


"I.Q." pits Tim Robbins and Meg Ryan in a fun and witty romantic comedy that is actually pretty good. Catherine (Meg Ryan) is already engaged to a scientist that is smart just like she is. She shows up at Ed's (Tim Robbins) mechanic shop after the car she's riding in has a problem. Ed falls in love with her instantly, but there's one problem, Catherine loves with her brain, not her heart, so she wouldn't ever give a normal everyday guy like Ed a chance. However, there is hope for Ed because Catherine is the niece of Albert Einstein (Walter Matthau) and Mr. Einstein wants Catherine to go out with Ed instead of the guy that she is engaged to. Soon Albert and his colleagues help Ed get to Catherine by turning him into a seem to be genius even though he's not a genius. "I.Q." is witty and it's a good movie to watch. It's plot is interesting and the acting isn't bad either. My only complaint is that it wasn't as funny as I was expecting it to be. Parts of it are funny such as when Albert Einstein and his colleagues help Ed answer some multiple choice questions, but it could've been funnier since it had Walter Matthau and Tim Robbins as two of its main stars. But it's still a good movie and I do recommend it. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2000. Not a memorable film at all, especially for having the actors it does.

Jason Owens
Jason Owens

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