Young Einstein
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The life of legendary scientist Albert Einstein is re-imagined as a slapstick farce in this comic fantasy. Changing Einstein's country of origin from Germany to Tasmania, the film shows the scientist's eventful youth as he creates rock & roll and discovers the secret of splitting the beer atom. Director and star Yahoo Serious loads the film with slapstick comedy, absurd sight gags, and even sneaks in a romantic subplot in which Einstein courts Marie Curie. The film was a huge hit in its native Australia but a major box-office disappointment in the United States, where audiences largely… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie runs out of -- excuse me again -- energy in the late going, and the invention of the humor is uneven. But Serious plays the title role with charm and lightness. His wild red hair makes Don King's look like a crewcut."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It has the charm and advantage of a genuine visual style of its own, both laconic and witty, as well as a likably dopey plot and cast of characters."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Young Einstein is good-natured and harmless, but it's not very funny."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Serious himself is a pleasantly cartoonish screen presence, but he conveys an underlying, offhand intelligence that hints at an acute familiarity with his subject."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An animated, and clever cocktail of laughs and rock and roll"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Considering the pre-opening buildup this film has had, it could turn out to be a bigger bomb than the one Einstein's theory anticipated."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Einstein has a handsome period look, even when director of photography Jeff Darling is shooting the musical montages that periodically break up the action."
‑ Chris Willman, Los Angeles Times
"A rather lame, awkward and amateurish movie, only fitfully funny and made in such a remorselessly low-brow way that it makes Crocodile Dundee look like Citizen Kane."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"A five-minute idea stretched bloodily over 90 minutes of dead air."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Pee-Yew! It was in focus, though."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"The next Serious movie could well be something special."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"Serious, a long-haired gangly clown, exhibits a brash and confident sense of humor, endearing personality, and a fondness for sight gags."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Not all the gags work -- the cat pie-related ones, for instance -- but the whole is clearly the product of an inimitable and engaging talent."
‑ , Film4
"I couldn't even make it through this movie! Did anyone?"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Lots of energy; very few laughs."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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