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: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 10, 2016
DVD Release Date: September 6, 2016
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Critic Score: 51% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Genius seeks to honor worthy subjects, yet never gets close enough to the titular quality to make watching worth the effort.

Marsha Lederman
Globe and Mail

Not nearly as smart as it should be.

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

Perhaps the best advertisement for Genius -- not only did it make me want to revisit Berg's book, it had me lining up the Wolfe, Fitzgerald and Hemingway on the e-book runway.

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Sarah Marrs
Lainey Gossip

For a film about finessing texts, there isn't much finesse in Genius.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

"Genius" deals with the creative ego, its trappings and the need everyone has for an editor.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Firth and Law falter with their characters' awkward bromance: the former a fatherly cipher (will he ever take off that fedora?); the latter a clatter of drunken scribe clichés.

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Lisa Jensen
Good Times Santa Cruz

The movie is as in love with words and their power as Tom is.

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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

Well-written, gorgeously shot, and expertly edited, the film is also an exasperating exercise in good intentions gone wrong.

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Tom Russo
Boston Globe

An intriguing study of the personalities and torturous process behind some of the early 20th century's great writing.

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Diane Carson
KDHX (St. Louis)

Genius is a work of admiration and curiosity, but it is simply not a work of genius, so that's regrettable.

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Dann Michalski
Based on a true story, Genius is a compelling character drama that explores the creative spirit. When book editor Max Perkins comes across a manuscript by… More
Thomas Drufke
A film about some of the greatest writers of all time, and the editor who found those very writers? It has to be really well-written right? Well, that's… More