Genius: Einstein Reviews

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April 26, 2017
Rush may own the premiere -- as well as have further opportunities to win the audience back -- but it's Flynn who best captures Einstein's rebellious nature early on in the series.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 26, 2017
Genius is, overall, handsome and reasonably compelling, but it doesn't necessarily grab the viewer in a way that makes one anxious to immediately see episode three.
April 25, 2017
Performances aside, very little about Genius captures the spirit of Einstein's unique esprit or adequately translates the process of how his boyhood fascination with light beams grew into the theory of relativity.
April 25, 2017
Genius, based on Walter Isaacson's lengthy and comprehensive biography, is a first-rate, vastly entertaining and smart series. Shockingly so, actually.
April 25, 2017
Sure, the sex and violence may be ratcheted down a bit. But the genius is more pronounced.
April 25, 2017
Entertaining enough with its blend of biographical storytelling and theory-illustrating special effects, Genius could easily be at home on PBS. As one of National Geographic's first scripted dramas, it's a perfectly serviceable step in the right direction
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 4, 2018
[Johnny Flynn and Geoffrey Rush] injected a good dose of mischief to their characters, placing a necessary counterweight to the solemnity of a script that insisted on the value of thinking differently... [Full review in Spanish]
May 24, 2017
With the show's motion-picture-production quality, period set designs, fine cinematography and sharp writing, Einstein's brilliance shines from the screen in authentic portrayals of his life.
May 23, 2017
Einstein's story is worth telling and Genius is a telling worthy of the man at its heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 18/20
May 16, 2017
Genius goes behind the scenes to fashion a life that was as touched by politics, love and hubris as it was by pioneering scientific accomplishment.
April 29, 2017
Things pick up whenever we're following Einstein's (complicated) romantic and marital life, or looking at historical events from his perspective. But in between those scenes, there are a lot of inexplicable lectures to get through.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 27, 2017
Genius is an intriguing exploration of the often very flawed and human side of someone with a superhuman mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 26, 2017
Despite some paint-by-numbers production values and its flashback within a historical narrative structure, Genius finds a way to be more than serviceable at times, thanks in large part to the performance of Geoffrey Rush,
April 26, 2017
Though the beginning episodes of Genius only foreshadow the heart of Einstein's story, enough is provided to encourage you to view on.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
April 25, 2017
Although there are some inspired moments-namely when we see how science and theory come alive in Einstein's mind-the series is not nearly as brilliant or as special as its subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.8/10
April 25, 2017
It feels like the producers didn't trust that we would pay attention to Genius without some blood and nudity thrown in. But we would, actually, thanks to the stellar performances from Rush and Flynn.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 25, 2017
The series' heart, like its hero's brain, is in the right place.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 25, 2017
Although you won't see any physical resemblance between Flynn's Albert and Rush's, even if you squint, their individually superb performances complement each other effectively.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 25, 2017
It's difficult to recommend sticking around to the end for an idea that, alas, probably looked better scribbled on a chalkboard.
April 25, 2017
Physics geeks rejoice. Albert Einstein has his own drama series. Everyone else? Pay attention, because you may learn something.
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