Genius: Einstein Reviews

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
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.
April 25, 2017
Genius is most compelling as the origins of a man who would achieve greatness, rather than an attempt to wedge that greatness into an otherwise-normal young adulthood.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 25, 2017
A clunky adaptation of Walter Isaacson's sprightly biography of Einstein.
April 24, 2017
The Geoffrey Rush timeline is removed from episode two. It's a bold move, lending Genius' structure an erratic quality at the point most shows want to find a steady pace and settle in for the long haul.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 24, 2017
Getting inside of Einstein's head is quite a daunting undertaking. And National Geo passes the early exams.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
April 24, 2017
Genius is idiotic.
Full Review | Original Score: D
April 24, 2017
This is a skillfully acted, richly detailed historical show that would not be out of place on PBS or a high-end pay-cable outlet.
April 21, 2017
In form and execution, it may be an unremarkable depiction of being remarkable, but it's also handsomely produced, reasonably intelligent and well-served by paired leading men Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Flynn.