Young Einstein
Young Einstein (1988)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: January 1, 1988
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2005
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Pleasingly cartoonish as physical comedy.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Chris Willman
Los Angeles Times

Einstein has a handsome period look, even when director of photography Jeff Darling is shooting the musical montages that periodically break up the action.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Young Einstein is good-natured and harmless, but it's not very funny.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

The next Serious movie could well be something special.

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Variety Staff

Serious, a long-haired gangly clown, exhibits a brash and confident sense of humor, endearing personality, and a fondness for sight gags.

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Good photography and a few interesting moments doesn't make Young Einstein a nice picture to watch.
rocko perkovich
The most fun movie I've watched in years. Kinda like Bill & Ted meet Bill Nighe. I really just wanted to say that cause it sounded cool.
Lafe Fredbjornson
This movie was hyped in 1988 more than "Jason Goes to Manhattan" ever was! Yahoo Serious was a quirky Australian comic akin to Pee-Wee Hermann and… More
Dean McKenna
Different to believe, Einstein invented not only relativity, but also the electric guitar and surfing, splitting the atom in his spare time.