Genius: Picasso (2018)



Critics Consensus

An impressive performance from Antonio Banderas rescues Genius: Picasso from condensed melodrama.



Critic Ratings: 23


Audience Score

User Ratings: 124
User image

Tap to review this movie

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this season

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.


    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of this tv season? (optional)

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Step 2 of 2

    How did you get your ticket?

    You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this season

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.


    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of this tv season? (optional)

  • How did you get your ticket?


Air date: Apr 24, 2018
Air date: Apr 24, 2018
Air date: May 1, 2018
Air date: May 8, 2018
Air date: May 15, 2018
Air date: May 22, 2018
Air date: May 29, 2018
Air date: Jun 5, 2018
Air date: Jun 12, 2018
Air date: Jun 19, 2018

Genius: Picasso Videos

Genius: Picasso Photos

Tv Season Info

As one of the 20th century's most influential and celebrated artists, Pablo Picasso imagined and interpreted the world in totally new and unorthodox ways, reinventing our perception of creativity in the process. Starring Antonio Banderas in the titular role, the second season of National Geographic's 10-part, Emmy-nominated global event series, Genius, explores how the Spanish-born artist's passionate nature and relentless creative drive were inextricably linked to his personal life, which included tumultuous marriages, numerous affairs and constantly shifting political and personal alliances.


Antonio Banderas
as Pablo Picasso (older)
Alex Rich
as Pablo Picasso (younger)
Geoffrey Rush
as Albert Einstein (older)
Johnny Flynn
as Albert Einstein (younger)
Emily Watson
as Elsa Einstein
Michael McElhatton
as Dr. Philipp Lenard
Seth Gabel
as Michele Besso
Samantha Colley
as Mileva Maric
Richard Topol
as Fritz Haber
Vincent Kartheiser
as Raymond Geist
T.R. Knight
as J. Edgar Hoover
Alex Richardson
as Young Picasso
Clémence Poésy
as Françoise Gilot
Robert Sheehan
as Carlos Casagemas
Poppy Delevingne
as Marie-Thérèse Walter
Aisling Franciosi
as Fernande Olivier
Sebastian Roche
as Emile Gilot
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Genius: Picasso

Critic Reviews for Genius Picasso

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (11)

The result is unendurable. Banderas is - I'd almost forgotten - a good actor. But even he can't make his lines sound convincing.

May 3, 2018 | Full Review…

If the expectation of Genius is to grant the viewer some sliver of enlightenment about the inner workings of complex minds, it has fallen down in its mission yet again.

Apr 25, 2018 | Full Review…

What is on display feels far removed from Picasso's genius, even if it's right in line with the Genius" brand.

Apr 23, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Unintentionally hilarious.

Oct 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Genius: Picasso, with its notable performances by both Banderas and Colley, has a chance to become much more than a paint-by-the-numbers bio as its story proceeds.

Apr 24, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

The series is interesting at times. Yet despite a strong performance from Banderas, the rest of the show feels dragged down

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Genius: Picasso [interrogates] how gender has defined, and restricted, our understanding of genius isn't so much subtext as it is openly, emphatically... text.

Jan 21, 2019 | Full Review…

The result is a disappointingly conventional portrait of one of the most unconventional figures in modern art.

May 8, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Picasso, a very complicated man, but also an artist of unfathomable complexities, would not be proud. [full review in Spanish]

May 4, 2018 | Full Review…

'Picasso' exceeds expectations: it aligns the young Picasso (Alex Rich) with the adult one with continuous jumps in time and tells his life effectively. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Genius it ain't, but this is good fun.

May 2, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The downside of Genius: Picasso is that what they shot has not embedded the Cubist scent or the surreal flash. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Genius: Picasso

  • Nov 09, 2019
    I thought that the acting, directing and Music were all awesome.
  • Aug 26, 2019
    This show is not that good like the 1st one . The main character's relationship is totally messed up but he was a genius painter and a fucking pervert
  • Sep 09, 2018
    It wasn't Genius: Einstein, and it suffered a lot from poor writing and acting, but Antonio Banderas, good cinematography, nice sets, etc. make it interesting for me. I don't understand all the hate it's received, but I understand most of the criticisms. Still, I liked it.
  • Jul 01, 2018
    great performances, photography and great story
  • Jun 21, 2018
    Banderas shows a lot of ham acting!
  • Jun 19, 2018
    A pesar de que su actuación, en general, es buena, el único pero que le pongo a la interpretación de Antonio Banderas como Pablo Picasso es su intención de querer sonar todo el tiempo como al gato con botas" que interpretó en "shreck"". la segunda temporada de genius destaca por una aceptable producción y actuaciones. sin embargo, es una lástima que al final la trama se sienta algo caótica en su narración simultánea de varias etapas de la vida del genio de málaga, y que se haya inclinado más por retratar las relaciones de picasso con sus innumerables mujeres, que por profundizar más en su arte y genialidad.
  • May 25, 2018
    Picasso's life deserves much better treatment. A very weak script.
  • May 24, 2018
    Love it! Alex Rich looks EXACTLY LIKE PICASSO AT THAT AGE! Whoever did the casting and whoever's doing the makeup should win Emmys; ALL of the actors and actresses bear striking resemblances to the people they're meant to portray. This is basically a live adaptation of Sue Roe's book "In Montemartre," or at least seems to heavily crib plot points and details from the book in a way that, as I've beeb watching it, I've been going back into the book to compare events. If you're an art nerd or Picasso aficionado this series is almost like looking through a crystal ball back in time at the real events. Anybody who rates this less than five stars has no idea what they're watching and cannot possibly appreciate the effort it must've taken to put all of the little pieces together like this. It's such a treat that I get goosebumps watching each episode, and when Matisse and Braque show up in Episode 5 it went right over the top. I can't wait to see how the last half of the series is put together. BRAVO NATGEO!
  • May 13, 2018
    The writing is Puerile. The editing of the story is very difficult ainto follow- Back and forth with no resolution fro fum past to future. Spanish painters are mentioned as if there is a doubt about who is talking. Whoever wrote the story- took a great story and turned into a strange biopic that drains all the joy, passion and genius out of the story
  • Apr 26, 2018
    Quite Dry, and not anywhere near as engaging as Season 1. Maybe i can relate to scientists more than artists, but season 2 was not anywhere near as good as Season 1.

News & Features