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Genius: Picasso (2018)




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


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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
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Critic Reviews for Genius: Picasso

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (10)

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…

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.

April 24, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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What is on display feels far removed from Picasso's genius, even if it's right in line with the Genius" brand.

April 23, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

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

October 10, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | 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]

July 2, 2018 | 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…

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