• PG-13, 1 hr. 33 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:    Trent Cooper
  • In Theaters:    Oct 14, 2011 Limited
  • On DVD:    Oct 25, 2011
  • Anchor Bay Films

Father of Invention Reviews

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Billy Tatum
We Got This Covered
February 11, 2013

Father of Invention is not without its comic moments. Unfortunately, they take place during the end credits.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
January 4, 2012

Though it's got a few good ideas going for it, Father of Invention doesn't seem to know what kind of movie it wants to be.

Tim Grierson
Screen International
October 22, 2011

Kevin Spacey gives a typically soulful performance, but otherwise the film falls far short of being as inventive or confident as its main character.

Eric Hynes
Time Out New York
Top Critic
October 18, 2011

For all its eagerness to please, you'd think Father of Invention could come up with at least one sister of independence.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
October 17, 2011

A weird and fitfully fresh comedy with a name-heavy cast that almost methodically fumbles away a viewer's engagement, leaving them with thoughts of what could have been.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
October 14, 2011

In trying to send audiences out of the theater uplifted, Father of Invention instead leaves us sadly shaking our heads about how much better the movie could have been.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post
Top Critic
October 14, 2011

Highly predictable...

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

New York Daily News
Top Critic
October 14, 2011

Like Graham and Madsen, Spacey too often gets lost in smaller projects that aren't worthy of his talents. He, and his costars, deserve a more inventive movie than this one.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 14, 2011

A floundering comedy with banal messages about putting family first.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Stephen Holden
New York Times
Top Critic
October 13, 2011

The screenplay, by Mr. Cooper and Jonathan D. Krane, is so sketchy that it feels like a hastily executed first draft.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Anthony Venutolo
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
October 13, 2011

The film promises a nasty little satire for a while but finally goes soft and self-pitying.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
October 12, 2011

An effort drawn to mediocrity, ignoring wonderful comedic opportunities to make yet another relationship story between a humiliated father and his distrustful daughter.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 12, 2011

Wears its convictions about deception, creativity, and the importance of being a really good daddy on its shopworn sleeves.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ronnie Scheib
Variety
Top Critic
October 12, 2011

Colorless exposition and a lack of imagination or wit stall Father of Invention at the starting gate.

Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
Top Critic
October 11, 2011

The rather unappealing character of Axel is indulged with every opportunity for redemption, as Spacey is indulged with every opportunity to showboat.

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
October 15, 2011

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