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Generally favorable reviews- based on 63 Ratings

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  • Summary: The first season of National Geographic's debut scripted anthology series from Brian Grazer and Ron Howard focuses on the life of Albert Einstein (Geoffrey Rush).
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Apr 24, 2017
    83
    The series repeatedly bounces around, but coherently so. And in the early going at least, Flynn’s performance is the more interesting and affecting while also consuming considerably more screen time.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Apr 21, 2017
    80
    Worth watching? Oh yeah, particularly for the genius of Rush and Flynn. Despite the inconsistent nature of the dialogue, the series obviously has much to recommend it. It's superior, if not superlative.
  3. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Apr 24, 2017
    80
    Judging from the first two episodes, this is a skillfully acted, richly detailed historical show that would not be out of place on PBS or a high-end pay-cable outlet.
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Greene
    Apr 25, 2017
    67
    Genius is most compelling as the origins of a man who would achieve greatness, rather than an attempt to wedge that greatness into an otherwise-normal young adulthood.
  5. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Apr 25, 2017
    60
    Having only seen these two hours, it’s hard to know how the series will proceed, though it is much more promising after the second installment. The series is at its best, rather ironically, when it’s not dealing with time (or jumping through it) and focuses on smaller, human moments rather than broad strokes from history.
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    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Apr 13, 2017
    60
    Genius may not entirely avoid the hokey pitfalls of the biopic genre, but it makes you feel smart for watching. [17-30 Apr 2017, p.19]
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Apr 24, 2017
    25
    Genius doesn’t just skate over the science, it ignores it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. May 22, 2017
    10
    Great show, writing is excellent and the acting is first rate also. The actors portraying the young Mr. and Mrs. Einstein are Emmy nomination worthy.
  2. Jun 20, 2017
    10
    I thought this was a excellent Series, it gave great insight into to the personnel life of a great scientific mind, as well as his shortI thought this was a excellent Series, it gave great insight into to the personnel life of a great scientific mind, as well as his short givings in his personnel relations. I most immediately was reflective as all us Science majors with one or more degrees, have to face off with academia, and those trials and tribulations. The filming, cinematography, and effects were exemplary. I give it a all thumbs up, and have referred many academic friends to give the series a viewing. Thanks Nat Geo. Expand
  3. Jun 23, 2018
    10
    Magnífica!!! Ha sido un placer poder adentrarnos en la vida de este célebre pintor de la mano de Antonio Banderas, que le ha dado ese aireMagnífica!!! Ha sido un placer poder adentrarnos en la vida de este célebre pintor de la mano de Antonio Banderas, que le ha dado ese aire español que necesitaba el personaje. Ambas temporadas han sido un regalazo, tanto Einstein como Picasso. Me quedo ansiosa esperando esa prometida tercera temporada sobre la vida de Mary Shelley. Gracias a todos por esa fantástica serie. Ojalá podamos conocer a muchos otros genios a través de los años. Expand
  4. May 31, 2017
    9
    After watching the 6th episode last night I am in awe of the people who put this series together. This guy -Einstein- was a hideous twerp . IAfter watching the 6th episode last night I am in awe of the people who put this series together. This guy -Einstein- was a hideous twerp . I only hope that in the next 4 episodes they- the producers and writers -don't change their stance and make him into some kind of charming enfant terrible. Was he really all that much of a genius? Or was he just really smart at choosing who he stole from?Great show. Hats off to these guys. Took guts to say what they're saying. JM Expand
  5. Apr 30, 2017
    8
    It’s an intriguing show based on the work and life of the exceptional Albert Einstein. It’s quite revealing as it dives into the remarkableIt’s an intriguing show based on the work and life of the exceptional Albert Einstein. It’s quite revealing as it dives into the remarkable life of a genius; educational, inspiring and has a fine cast. Expand
  6. May 23, 2017
    8
    Very entertaining and informing biography about Albert Einstein. One would have thought that PBS or the BBC was behind it, yet we find that itVery entertaining and informing biography about Albert Einstein. One would have thought that PBS or the BBC was behind it, yet we find that it airs over the National Geographic Channel. Kudos to them. The actor who portrayed young Albert was exceptional along with the actress who played his first wife. Expand
  7. Jun 11, 2017
    0
    I watched the episode 7, I really liked it, I think the young people must watch more series like that. In that episode Einstein isI watched the episode 7, I really liked it, I think the young people must watch more series like that. In that episode Einstein is approximately 55 years old, is the start to second world warrior in Germany, his friend walter is killed for the young germanian activists. Your wife Elsa feels scare for her husband life and she invite him to leave Germany, and the USA Embassy deny their entry to that country. Expand

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