Genius
Genius (2016)

From Academy Award-nominated screenwriter JOHN LOGAN (Gladiator, The Aviator, Hugo, Skyfall) and acclaimed, Tony Award-winning director MICHAEL GRANDAGE in his feature film debut, comes Genius, a stirring drama about the complex friendship… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 10, 2016
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Peter Debruge
Variety

Genius is the sort of period re-creation where everyone seems to be wearing 80-year-old costumes.

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David Sexton
London Evening Standard

Wolfe himself is atrociously over-played by Jude Law, as a fount of energy, waving his arms about, talking nineteen to the dozen, irrepressible - very soon, you certainly want him repressed.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

All the blaring trumpets and martinis the director can fling us as jazzy background don't save the film from being very unappealingly lit indeed - full of drab, grey interiors, it's halfway to monochrome.

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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter

The story of Perkins' collaboration and friendship with Wolfe remains stubbornly resistant both to drama and emotion.

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Stefan Pape
HeyUGuys

Survives off the infectious energy that Jude Law's Thomas Wolfe provides.

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Jessica Kiang
The Playlist

Genius nudges its nose, or maybe just the brim of its fedora, ahead of a lot of prestige biopics.

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Nicholas Barber
BBC.com

It coasts to a standstill when they part company in the final act. Still, that only underlines the film's point. Neither of the men is a genius without the other man there beside him.

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Kaleem Aftab
Independent (UK)

Genius is a lesson in the differences between film and theatre as mediums.

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Wendy Ide
Screen International

Large chunks of the film are dramatically inert, and those that aren't are dominated by a performance by Law which feels too big for the screen.

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