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About the Movie
From Academy Award-nominated screenwriter JOHN LOGAN (Gladiator, The Aviator, Hugo, Skyfall) and acclaimed, Tony Award-winning director MICHAEL GRANDAGE (former artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse) in his feature film debut, comes Genius, a stirring drama about the complex friendship and transformative professional relationship between the world-renowned book editor Maxwell Perkins (who discovered F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway) and the larger-than-life literary giant Thomas Wolfe. Based on the biography "Max Perkins: Editor of Genius" by A. SCOTT BERG, Genius stars COLIN FIRTH as Perkins, JUDE LAW as Wolfe, NICOLE KIDMAN as Aline Bernstein, a costume designer sharing a tumultuous relationship with Wolfe, LAURA LINNEY as Louise Perkins, Max's wife and a talented playwright, GUY PEARCE as F. Scott Fitzgerald and DOMINIC WEST as Ernest Hemingway.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 105
- Fresh: 54
- Rotten: 51
- Average Rating: 5.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: This is something that rhymes with 'blatant Shmoscarbait,' pure and simple, and it will get worse before it gets better.
Rotten: John Logan's script is a jigsaw puzzle of cliches, and Michael Grandage's direction is antiseptic, but a few moments ... conjure the editor's forceful devotion.
Fresh: An intriguing study of the personalities and torturous process behind some of the early 20th century's great writing.
Fresh: 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.
Charming little piece of history
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Fans of all four of the main actors (Colin Firth, Jude Law, Laura Linney, and Nicole Kidman), we can safely say we were impressed. Other reviews have rated this toward the lower end of the scale—which is a shame. We thought this was both witty and an interesting look into the history of America's great literary past. A fun escape.
I agree with the previous comment, this was an excellent film, well acted by a very capable and talented team, I fail to understand the very unclear evaluation presented by the somewhat erudite and not very effective Rotten Tomato crew.
This movie is a reflection on the artform..
Of writing. (Spoilers)
You get to see Thomas Wofle who is an artist but with words instead of paint.
He goes into the Editor's office of Max Perkins with 5,000 written pages and is told that he has to shrink it down to a few hundred pages instead.
Mr. Max Perkins in my view is like a literary writing instructor who helps the writer see things clearer for himself. Then you come to find out that he worked with other great novelists F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby) and Ernest Hemingway (The Old Man and the Sea)
(Side note; In the movie The Equalizer, the McCall character talks about the Hemingway novel in the diner scene in the movie to the Teri character which I thought was a nice shout out for Hemingway.)
The way the movie goes into detail about how a book is written, (how a writer goes about looking for the inspirations that helps him/her to find the words to fill the blank pages before them while they tell a story that's inside of them) along with how a book gets edited, and the finding of just the right words that help to create the title for a book.
This move had me enthralled from start to end and I like when movies do that.