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Genius (2017) Image
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  • Summary: Pablo Picasso (Antonio Banderas) is the focus of the second season of the biographical anthology series from Brian Grazer and Ron Howard.
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Apr 23, 2018
    75
    Genius: Picasso is sluggish in the early going before gaining traction in later episodes. Banderas makes a growingly strong impression.
  2. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Apr 23, 2018
    75
    We’ve all heard the names of the series’ subjects so far (and next year’s subject, author Mary Shelley), and may know something about them — perhaps a lot about them. But the addition of solid performances and attention to production details of setting, design and costumes enhances our knowledge and goes a long way toward making us want to know--and see--more.
  3. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Apr 12, 2018
    70
    The marquee star (Antonio Banderas, channeling an Anthony Quinn-like virility as the established maestro) risks being upstaged by the lesser-known actor (Alex Rich) who plays his younger self in vivid flashbacks. ... Seeing this world through his eyes, we're afforded a tantalizing taste of genius. [16 Apr - 29 Apr 2018, p.13]
  4. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Apr 19, 2018
    50
    An extravaganza of exhausting time shifts and mind-numbing dialogue that can use all the sympathy it gets. When the drama comes vividly alive, as it does often enough, the subject is seldom art. It’s almost always Picasso (a seductive if also largely unknowable character in Antonio Banderas’s subtle portrayal) and the women who loved him: women he loved and needed in turn and in time betrayed and abandoned.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Apr 23, 2018
    50
    There is much to admire here, from the performances to the cinematography, but then there are aspects of the production that aren't all that admirable. That would include the erratic direction and wildly inconsistent dialogue.
  6. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Apr 23, 2018
    42
    In the end, Genius: Picasso remains a minor effort all around. It moves so quickly and summarizes so much, it’s hard to trust anything but the most basic aspects of the story. Even the art is relegated to the background, as the series highlights only one painting in the first four hours.
  7. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Apr 24, 2018
    20
    The series misses so many opportunities by shying away from anything that might lead to more dynamic storytelling or truly illuminating the lives of its subjects. It’s a show about an artist without rules, yet it limits itself by playing it safe.

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