Genius: Picasso Reviews

October 18, 2018
Unintentionally hilarious.
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
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
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-
April 23, 2018
If you don't mind its superficialities, "Genius" can be enjoyed for its surface attributes, including Mr. Banderas's impressive makeup and expectedly seductive performance.
April 17, 2018
Unfortunately, with so few episodes, and two different timelines to progress through, side stories feel like distractions from the core idea of the season. When Picasso is at the forefront, though, "Genius" is impressive.