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MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some thematic elements and suggestive content.
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Biography Drama Adaptation
1 hr. 44 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
June 10, 2016 (wide—152 theaters)
DVD: September 6, 2016
Featuring: Nicole KidmanAline Bernstein
Jude LawThomas Wolfe
Guy PearceF. Scott Fitzgerald
Colin FirthMax Perkins
Laura Linney … Louise Saunders
Dominic West … Ernest Hemingway
Vanessa Kirby … Zelda Fitzgerald
Mark Arnold … Boat Captain
Katherine Kingsley … The Purring Woman
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Director: Michael Grandage
Producer: Desert Wolf Productions
Michael Grandage Company
Riverstone Pictures
Distributor: Lionsgate

“Max Perkins discovered Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. But he never met anyone like Thomas Wolfe.”

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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “From Academy Award-nominated screenwriter JOHN LOGAN (Gladiator, The Aviator, Hugo, Skyfall) and acclaimed, Tony Award-winning director MICHAEL GRANDAGE 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 inspirational biography Max Perkins: Editor of Geniusby Pulitzer Prize winner 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.

Finding fame and critical success at a young age, Wolfe was a blazing talent with a larger-than-life personality to match. Perkins was one of the most respected and well-known literary editors of all time.”

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Movie Critics

…The film looks wonderful. …A solid debut from director Grandage with a superb, triumphant performance from Jude Law…
—Paul Heath, The Hollywood News

…An interesting subject that remains impervious to dramatization… a classy but dull literary love affair…
—David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

…the movie-dutifully shot in shades of old-timey sepia-does get better as its staginess falls away, but far too much drama stays on the page… [C]
—Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

…Michael Grandage’s homage to one of the great unsung heroes of American literature feels lifeless, despite its all-star cast. …
—Peter Debruge, Variety

…Colin Firth and Jude Law's literary bromance needs an edit… hammily acted, overstylised and lacking in subtlety… [2/5]
—Henry Barnes, The Guardian

…a colourless chore… [2/5]
—Tim Robey, The Telegraph [UK]

…Made up largely of conversations—including way too many in which Perkins discusses ways for Wolfe to cut down his prose – the story indulges in long scenes focused on dialogue. When Grandage decides scenes are running on too long, he just changes the location, so exchanges jump from the office to stations, to trains and to the street, but the waffling continues. …
—Kaleem Aftab, The Independent [UK]

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