Pure Genius: Season 1 Reviews

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January 25, 2019
"Pure Genius" contains a message that still needs to be smoothed out.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
October 28, 2016
I have no idea what happened in the making of Pure Genius, but it is impossible to tell that Katims was involved, on the level of performance or intelligence.
October 28, 2016
Good hitters strike out, too, and Katims has whiffed very badly here.
October 28, 2016
This medical drama is absurd in every possible way, but the fake medical devices and treatments it comes up with are amusing enough to give the proceedings some zing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 27, 2016
Pure Genius deserves a chance to find its audience, thanks to Katims' track record, and the breadth of topical issues on its radar.
October 27, 2016
At this point, it would take a true genius to revolutionize and refresh TV's medical genre, and this flat-lining series couldn't fall farther from that mark.
October 27, 2016
he script is assembled from cliches, some so hokey the actors seem to have trouble keeping straight faces. The plot rarely holds together, and the technology is more new age (a real-life "Vulcan mind meld"?) than cutting age.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 27, 2016
Whenever Bell pressed an index finger to his lips shortly before dispensing some medical wisdom about which he has no medical training to draw upon, I wanted to slap his hand from his mouth and say, "Scram, jerk!"
October 27, 2016
Pure Genius takes the human heart of Katims' storytelling and replaces it with the CBS procedural's coldly pristine machinery. It might net Katims his biggest audience to date, but it's unlikely to make it feel much of anything.
Full Review | Original Score: D
October 27, 2016
By relying on the predictable emotional manipulation that accompanies life-threatening situations to deliver its drama, the series is forgoing the opportunity to build characters with personalities and in turn pull real emotion from them.
October 26, 2016
Nobody registers much of a connection. What's missing from this show is heart.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 26, 2016
If only a generation gap was the biggest issue facing the characters on CBS' new medical drama Pure Genius.
October 26, 2016
It's so tied to the rhythms and heartstring-pulling of a standard doctor drama that it doesn't explore the implications of its science the way a better sci-fi series would.
October 26, 2016
Marred by the usual hospital prime-time melodramatics, Pure Genius is still a compelling idea matched to a superior cast.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 26, 2016
Pure Genius, a show so ludicrously risible, it could be mistaken for an extended Saturday Night Live sketch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 26, 2016
It also doesn't help that "Pure Genius" is built around not one, but two inert leads.
October 26, 2016
Here's to its long-term ratings health as a medical series that, unlike Code Black, has an overall calming effect.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 24, 2016
The show is engaging, even if it suffers from an overload of mismatched ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 21, 2016
There's enough to like and get excited about when watching the futuristic, tech-focused Pure Genius, assuming you aren't already bored to tears with modern medical dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
October 21, 2016
Pure Genius is less a show than the ongoing adventures of a fantasy world... Its appeal is that it isn't anything like the world we live in. That is also its biggest problem.
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