Genius: Picasso Reviews

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July 22, 2019
'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]
January 21, 2019
Genius: Picasso [interrogates] how gender has defined, and restricted, our understanding of genius isn't so much subtext as it is openly, emphatically... text.
October 18, 2018
Unintentionally hilarious.
October 10, 2018
The series is interesting at times. Yet despite a strong performance from Banderas, the rest of the show feels dragged down
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 3, 2018
The downside of Genius: Picasso is that what they shot has not embedded the Cubist scent or the surreal flash. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 8, 2018
The result is a disappointingly conventional portrait of one of the most unconventional figures in modern art.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 4, 2018
Picasso, a very complicated man, but also an artist of unfathomable complexities, would not be proud. [full review in Spanish]
May 3, 2018
The result is unendurable. Banderas is - I'd almost forgotten - a good actor. But even he can't make his lines sound convincing.
May 2, 2018
Genius it ain't, but this is good fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 25, 2018
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.
April 25, 2018
When you start with Einstein, what can you possibly do for an encore? In the case of Genius, you find another astoundingly original thinker to examine in a multi-part biographical drama.
April 25, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 25, 2018
There are some enjoyable passages and good performances in addition to [Antonio] Banderas', but overall the series - so far as I have seen it - is prey to the usual compressions and exaggerations of the bio-pictorial form.
April 25, 2018
Almost all of the dialogue in Genius: Picasso is comparably exaggerated and cringe-inducing. The great man is ever wailing things like, "I can only paint what I feel!" and "You only teach rules and imitation. I want to do something original! Unique!"
April 25, 2018
It is a more rewarding study than simple enjoyment of the drama.
April 25, 2018
When the drama comes vividly alive, as it does often enough, the subject is seldom art. It's almost always Picasso (a seductive if also largely unknowable character in Antonio Banderas's subtle portrayal) and the women who loved him.
April 23, 2018
Seeing this colorful world through Picasso's eyes, we're afforded a tantalizing taste of genius.
April 23, 2018
A great, smart show for grownups.
April 23, 2018
If you've read, say, John Richardson's multivolume biography of the painter, Genius: Picasso will feel somewhat once-over-lightly. But that approach is what makes Genius work so well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 23, 2018
What is on display feels far removed from Picasso's genius, even if it's right in line with the Genius" brand.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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