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Genius is a movie starring Colin Firth, Jude Law, and Nicole Kidman. A chronicle of Max Perkins's time as the book editor at Scribner, where he oversaw works by Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others.

Other Titles
El editor de libros, Genijus, O Mestre dos Gênios, Pasión por las letras, Geenius, ベストセラー 編集者パーキンズに捧ぐ, Geniusz, Géniusz, Ένας χαρισματικός άνθρωπος, Ģēniji, Génie, Um Editor de Génios, Genius: Die tausend Seiten einer Freundschaft, 天才柏金斯, Genij
Running Time
1 hours 44 minutes
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Biography, Drama
Michael Grandage
John Logan, A. Scott Berg
Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Jude Law, Colin Firth
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

A chronicle of Max Perkins's time as the book editor at Scribner, where he oversaw works by Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others.

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I remember seeing this movie when it was first released. I loved it, it was a true piece of art, it was creative and inspiring. My parents insisted that I take it on as a teen and I always enjoyed it. Years later, I was reading a book by the author and I noticed the movie. I couldn't believe what I was reading. I was blown away by the brilliance of the film, it was visually stunning, acted with such dignity and skill and the music was perfect. I felt the message of the film in so many different ways, and I thought of the movie when I read the book. I was afraid that the movie would be less rewarding and that I would be just a student of history, but I think this movie touched my heart and has remained with me ever since. The film is a true masterpiece. I love the idea of losing one's faith. The director has captured this idea beautifully. A story of faithlessness and hope. The spiritual journey and redemption is powerful and has many messages to teach and enlighten. I truly recommend this movie to anyone and I hope that it will be nominated for several awards, but I can't wait. This is a film that I will never forget. 9 out of 10

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The real genius behind this film was probably Steve Hine. I have no idea why I didn't see this in the theatre, it was much better than expected. The characters of this film are amazing and are not to be taken for granted. The story, however, is rather simplistic. I don't understand why, other than it being a good story to make you think, it was rather slow paced and I wish it had been more interesting. The art direction was pretty decent, but I could have done without the glamorizing of the sex scenes (and I could have done without the far out beach scene, which was supposed to be a sea viewing for it's tourists but was just the beach, with the island nearby). Also, I have a few complaints about the animation. In general, it was great, but sometimes when it was bad, it was really bad. I also think it was a little too perfect for it's subject matter. Also, sometimes the use of a high contrast was distracting. Overall, this was a wonderful film that should be seen by any fan of American cinema, and certainly by any interested in film itself.

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Christopher A.

What I loved about this movie is how it is both humorous and tragic in the same shot. This movie has it all, action, suspense, romance, humor, music, acting, directing, and a great story. Each character has a different purpose in life and is just like a character in a real movie. The ending of the movie reminded me of how you feel after you watch a great movie and it is like you are watching it for the first time again. This is the best movie of the year, if not the best movie of the year. If you are a movie geek like me and you like to be entertained and enjoy a good movie, then see this movie. I gave it a 10 out of 10 and if there is anyone out there that likes to be entertained and want to have a good time, then see this movie, just do not expect the Academy to have some cliched award to back up this movie.

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I will not try to describe in depth the plot of this movie because there is no need. It's all about these kids. I went to see this with my husband because he is a writer and even though he doesn't write much, he's impressed by this movie and wanted to see it. It's been a while since I saw a movie that brought tears to my eyes. The movie itself is full of great moments and such a great story line. You can tell that the whole crew put in a lot of effort to make this movie happen and all the effort is well worth it. The performances by the whole cast are amazing, especially Marley Shelton as the mom. She really deserves a standing ovation. The actor who plays the father is incredible as well, I really don't think anyone could play a more believable father than him. The best part is the musical score that is so fitting to the movie. It is one of the best I've ever heard. Everyone should see this movie, you will fall in love with it.

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Maria Cox

When I went to see the film, I had a feeling it would be about 4:3 format or something. The problem was that I was wrong. This is not a 4:3 format film. It's a true artistic masterpiece. The film is about the search for true love, about the struggle to reach it, about the consequences that follow, and about the crucial importance of everyone having love in life. All the characters in the film are great, from the actors, to the cinematography. The only thing missing is a decent soundtrack. The film is very slow, and the songs are a little on the cheesy side. But the music keeps you feeling a little of melancholy. This movie is a film about life, and we all have to have life. If you haven't seen it, watch it. It's a beautiful film. 10/10.

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In 1957, Alexander Nevsky, aka Max Brodovitch, of Moscow, Russia, begins his employment with a Russian government-funded project, the so-called Nikita. The Nikita was a luxurious apartment complex in Moscow that provided the first fully modern space in Russia for the working classes to live in and to which these workers were ultimately required to pay rent. The Nikita was meant to serve as a symbol of the Soviet system, which was intended to foster the glorification of the Communist party and to contain the growing disillusionment of the workers with the government. Nikolai, a physicist, goes to the Nikita to start his research. He also wants to do some work in the area of quantum mechanics and to attempt to communicate with the creator of the particle accelerator. Nikolai is surprised to find the project administrator, Nikita founder Yuri Belopolskii, who is a tall, stern, white-bearded man with a deep voice and a large cigar in his mouth. The Yuri, who is apparently more interested in his cigar than in his job, does not like Nikolai and proceeds to harass him for the rest of the film. Nikolai works hard at his research and eventually finds his own answers to some of the problems he encounters. The pace of the film is slow, but the film moves along at a fairly deliberate pace and it is easier to follow the story if you don't have any previous knowledge of Russian history and culture. The film is dark, depressing, and extremely depressing. Nikolai's attempts to communicate with the creator of the particle accelerator only make things more difficult for him and the viewer. Nikolai's interaction with others is nothing short of horrible. This film is depressing because of the general themes of Communism and its effects on the Russian people. The Nikita was meant to foster the development of the Soviet Union and the Communist Party. It was designed to destroy the traditional Russian tradition of the family and was meant to make Russian culture and language a second-rate version of those of the West. At the end of the film, all the people who lived in the Nikita end up losing their homes, their jobs, and their pensions. It was the epitome of the Soviet system. The film is disturbing because it is actually true. Nikolai's life is a monument to the Bolshevik system of government and the destruction it caused. The idea of Communism is not much of a myth, as it is the policy of the Soviet system. The film is a brilliant piece of work that is not only a sad story about life in the Soviet Union, but also the result of the destruction of an idea.

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Melissa Rios

Now, I don't really know if they were actually crazy, or they were just making it up as they went along, but I think that, to me, this film is a masterpiece. The film is about David Bowie, an artist that actually took his entire life into his own hands, and used his art as his identity, and made himself a symbol of how he felt about himself. This is also how he wanted people to feel about him, and this is what makes the film so fascinating. The movie starts off with him at the height of his fame, and everything he did was making people believe that Bowie was, in fact, insane. And then he goes insane himself, and we see Bowie's life as he spends the rest of his life in a mental institution. This is the point at which he gives away the secret of his identity, and becomes what people consider to be, an insane person. This is the movie that I found it most fascinating. They had Bowie make a speech, and even thought of a number of different theories about what was real, and what was actually Bowie's artistic identity, but all of it was completely false, and in fact, that was the whole point of this film. And it was just amazing how it played out in the movie, that Bowie completely altered his life, while in the process, he showed his complete, artistic identity to the world. And I think that was really fascinating. All I can say is, this movie is amazing. I hope they release it on DVD.

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William Stewart

Steve Coogan was great, having recently come out of a divorce and his sexuality, he plays his old character brilliantly. It's the greatest performance I've seen this year, in my opinion. I would also like to mention that I would like to thank the actor from Schindler's List for coming back for this film. He gave me goosebumps and helped me forget that I had just seen him in Schindler's List. It was great to see him in this film again. I love how he dealt with the so called "modern" story line, which was hard because the rest of the film was not really modern. Also, I loved the films' music score, it is very different, but it works in this film and makes it all the more perfect. I thought that the best thing about this film was the story line, it really touched me and I was left with so many feelings after watching it. As long as people keep on acting and producing movies like this, there will be more films like this to come. I hope that if you are reading this you will take the time to watch this film, you will be very surprised.

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Patricia M.

A movie that has the potential to be a classic. It is about the quality of life, the culture, the freedom, and the endless possibilities of the human mind, and this movie has captured that. If you can get a hold of it, you should see it. Everything is so well done, the acting is terrific, the story is great, the direction is perfect. The music is great. It is definitely a movie worth watching.

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Jose M.

It is hard to describe the emotions I felt when I saw this movie. In my opinion, it is one of the most emotional and powerful movies I've ever seen. It is an intelligent movie about loneliness and how it affects a person. It is a movie that deals with the issues of isolation, gender, attraction and relationships. It is not simply a movie about love or romance, but a movie about loneliness. It is a movie that is very impressive to watch because of the cinematography and the acting. It is one of those movies that you just need to watch. This is a really great movie and it is so good that you will never forget it. I really recommend this movie to anyone who wants to see a good movie and who can appreciate a good movie.

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I do not think i could say that i really liked this movie. I was disappointed that this movie did not keep my interest for the entire movie. However, i was watching the end of the movie and that is when i started to like this movie. The beginning of the movie was kinda boring but the characters were believable. The acting was okay. The movie did make me think and i was glad to see that i could talk with the characters. The characters were understandable. The music was good. The story was okay. I was really happy that this movie did not waste my time. So, i was disappointed with this movie. Overall, i give this movie a 10/10. I do not think that this movie was one of the best movies of all time. But it was a good movie. I did not like the ending of this movie. I think that if i would have read the ending more closely, i would have known that it was not what it seemed. Also, i did not like the amount of nudity in this movie. I think that it was kind of overkill for this movie. Overall, i give this movie a 4/10.

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Bobby A.

As one of those who has read the book I am also aware of the events depicted in the film. It is a wonderful film with a wonderfully cinematic and poetic story. I am proud that I was able to see this film. It was a fantastic film for me. I enjoyed it so much that I had to see it again. I also saw the way that film makers and screenwriters were able to interpret and portray the characters in the novel and how they were able to have them in the film. I think that all the actors did a very good job. Well done all of you.

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Joseph L.

This film will be treasured by generations of film lovers as an epic story about America's first black president and the founding of our country. Brilliantly directed and acted, the movie tells the story of Theodore Roosevelt's triumph in the beginning of the 20th century, of his relationship with John D. Rockefeller and of the conflict between him and Theodore's father, John D. Rockefeller. The movie, written and directed by Steven Spielberg, is based on the best-selling novel by Marlon James. Although the movie doesn't focus on Theodore Roosevelt, the story follows his life as a very important part of history. Spielberg's film is full of drama, action and emotion. The picture is very convincing, with a great visual aspect. The movie also has wonderful sound and the actors are very good. In conclusion, this is one of the best movies I've ever seen.

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I watched this film three times in the summer of 1986 and two times in the fall and winter of 1986-1987, and I watched it over 20 times. I believe that if you were a 10 year old boy at the time of its release, you would have enjoyed this movie as much as I did. Its qualities include: 1. Class at its very best 2. Perfect casting 3. An all around sound-and-image-provoking film 4. Beauty and learning of its subject 5. The characters/story of a 10 year old boy and his two little sisters 6. The warmth of the friendship that develops between them 7. The determination to succeed 8. The very charismatic and inspiring performance of Christopher Plummer 9. What the main character does to overcome obstacles in life, including the shortness of his father's memory, 11 years later 10. What the main character does to overcome obstacles in life, including the shortness of his father's memory, 11 years later. This is one of the films that I could watch over and over again. It has enough laughs, nice and sophisticated graphics, some wonderful classical music, and some very moving and powerful performances by the actors. I would say this film is one of the 10 best films ever made, and that there are far more great films than I have seen. If you're looking for a film that you can watch over and over again, and never get bored, this is it! If you're looking for a film that has you thinking and feeling for over 24 hours, this is it! I give this film 10 stars out of 10!

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Virginia O.

You would think with all the Oscars, Academy Awards, and Golden Globes that the Academy must be a bunch of spoiled brats. But, I think the Academy is more concerned with their own image, rather than giving awards to deserving individuals. And I think that's sad. "Einstein" is a fantastic movie, with a great story, acting, and direction. If you like documentaries, or even if you don't, "Einstein" is well worth your time. 10/10

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Virginia Morales

This is an exceptional movie that was very well made and well acted. I've seen it a number of times and I see it as part of the canon of great American movies of the 20th century. John Sayles, writing and directing, did a fantastic job on this one. As with other of his work, there were elements of comedy and drama that worked very well together and had a great story line. The music was fantastic and stood out. Everything in the movie was perfect in this film. A great film, for all ages.

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BETTER OFF MY SLEEP is a brilliant documentary, which, in itself, would have been too much to ask for. The story it tells is not simply about the Humanist movement, but about the power of one human being to change the world. It is about a man called Adam, who takes on an enemy, which is the most powerful force in the world. And he does it, by inventing a type of machine called the "Thinker", which he sends to the most remote corner of the earth, to change the world. While this idea is revolutionary, the only way the film portrays it, is through an amazing performance by Julianne Moore. The film could easily be a masterpiece, and its ability to create that impact and make you feel the fear it creates, is astonishing. But it is also very funny. And also very depressing. This is not a film about the Humanist movement, but about a man called Adam. We see Adam come to the screen as a small boy, in a clinic, and he stares down the doctor. We see him attempt to heal a patient with his mind, but fails. We see him run to the hospital to see his father, who is seriously injured, and ends up dying. We see him run to his mother, who is dead, and ends up putting a gun to his own head. And we see his daughter-in-law, as she goes through a difficult time, and we see how he tries to console her. The film is really a remarkable piece of work, but the most impressive thing about it, is its ability to pull you into it, and make you feel the emotional agony of what Adam has gone through, and how he reacts. The film pulls its weight, and the performances are a treat. A well-thought out film, which never takes itself too seriously, and makes you feel the emotional pain of an individual that many people never get to see. And if you want to see a brilliant film about the Humanist movement, which in itself would be too much to ask for, this is the film for you.

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I enjoyed this movie. While I felt it was sometimes slow moving and not entirely compelling I could not turn away from it. I was drawn in by the amazing performances, and though I felt that more would have been done with the ending I applaud the effort. The movie is not a celebration of the human spirit but rather a story of human folly and most of all the folly of the idea of evolution. I don't think it is for children. It is not only a movie that I would recommend for adults to see, but one that I would recommend for children as well. I felt that this movie was a beautiful tribute to the human spirit and I am glad that it was able to reach so many people who appreciated it. I am not a religious person, but this movie is a good example of what a movie can do.

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Kevin Turner

The movie is simply awesome, really well done, absolutely must see movie. The story is really awesome, because it is totally based on life and it is interesting. I really have to mention the performance of Daniel Craig, who has really excellent performance, he really deserves all the praise and he does it really well. He is really well cast, he is really sexy, but at the same time, he is a tough guy, and this is definitely one of the best roles of him. And of course, all the actors are well chosen and done great. I just have to mention the music by David Bowie is one of the best in movie history, really really great. It really captures all the emotions and is really really great. So, I really think this movie is definitely one of the best of all time. It really deserves a lot of recognition and awards, and I am pretty sure this is going to win a lot of awards. It really deserves it, because it really has to be one of the best movies of all time. 10/10

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Nancy Aguilar

I grew up watching this movie, and to this day I don't think I could watch it without a tear falling from my eye. I have watched it so many times that I know the ending, but if I could describe this movie to you, I would give you a short synopsis. There is a movie that is a masterpiece, that is a wonder, that is a masterpiece. In its purest form, the movie is only two hours, but it really feels like a lifetime. It feels like everything that happened in this movie came to pass at one time, and those moments were what made the movie what it is. This movie is to me the greatest movie of all time. I love the characters, and the actor playing them, they really do feel like real people. This is probably the best acting I've ever seen in a movie. In fact, I think that the acting was so strong, and so authentic, that it made me cry many times. If you haven't seen this movie yet, and you love movies, you should definitely check it out. It will leave a lasting impression on you. One of my favorite movies of all time. 10/10

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Patrick Riley

Stephen King is one of the most underrated authors in the world. I'm not saying that this is his best book, but it is his most personal and he has probably had so much to do with the survival of this world. King's work is like a beautiful painting, you can only see it once and you want to see it again and again. He also created the landscape for many works in the last years. Now, I've seen so many movies based on his books and I have to say, I love that too. "After." is one of the best movies that I have seen in a long time. The cast is top-notch. I love Emile Hirsch, I love Kevin Bacon, the scenery is so beautiful, I love everything about this film. This is a beautiful piece of art, made by the real genius that is Stephen King. I highly recommend it to anyone, I can't understand why there are so many negative reviews, this is really one of the best movies I've seen in a long time.