• PG-13, 2 hr.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Marc Abraham
    In Theaters:
    Oct 3, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 17, 2009
  • Universal Pictures

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Flash of Genius Reviews

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Neil Pond
American Profile

Kinnear is outstanding as Kearns, physically conveying the stubborn, scruffy sense of resolute ethics that drives him at the expense of almost everything else.

Full Review Source: American Profile | Original Score: 3/5

September 28, 2011
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Kinnear inhabits the terrifically uncomfortable role of the rabbit staked out in a clearing to attract wolves.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 15, 2011
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

... Its true story, filmed and acted with great skill, has an uncommon poignancy.

Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 15, 2009
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

As in all films that make the questionable move of placing him front and center, Kinnear just blends in with the wallpaper.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 29, 2009
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

Ethics is at the heart of this David and Goliath story based on fact; a powerful story with a resonant emotional punch, but the storytelling is long winded with an emphasis on detail for detail's sake

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

February 27, 2009
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

It's as if the filmmakers are too nervous about making a mistake, so consistently take the safe path, draining the movie of colour and leaving us sympathetic but uninspired.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 72/100

February 15, 2009
Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com
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If it doesn't rise to the level of It's a Wonderful Life, it's because Marc Abrams is no Frank Capra. And after all, this isn't about angels, it's about windshield wipers.

Full Review Source: Film.com

November 10, 2008
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
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Nothing too special here.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

November 10, 2008
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
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There is depth, there is complexity, there is authenticity to this character.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

November 10, 2008
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Following a twelve-year patent dispute regarding the invention of the intermittent windshield-wiper motor, it's not as interesting as it sounds.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly

October 28, 2008
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

A thoughtful inquiry into the doubtful benefits of pursuing one's ideals 'to the end of the line,' as they say in Double Indemnity.

Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

October 17, 2008
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source

On its simplified terms of one man against the machine, the movie works, thanks almost entirely to Greg Kinnear's performance.

Full Review Source: The Cinema Source | Original Score: B-

October 12, 2008
Reece Pendleton
Chicago Reader
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Seriously undermined by the skeletal script, which barely develops the characters and unintentionally raises more questions about Kearns's quixotic battle than it answers.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 10, 2008
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

You may find yourself staring at your windshield wipers in fascination after you see "Flash of Genius," whichi s based on the real-life story of a "little guy" who went up against a corporation.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

October 10, 2008
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Too much technical information about circuit boards, Motorola transistors and U.S. patent laws eventually takes up more screen time than Kearns' sympathetic story, leaving the viewer restless and bored.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

October 8, 2008
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

Kinnear is excellent...

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

October 8, 2008
Amy Nicholson
Los Angeles CityBeat

As Ralph Nader learned, it's tough to make car-safety stimulating.

| Original Score: C

October 6, 2008
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International

As filtered through screenwriter Philip Railsback's pen, Kearns' extraordinary life is rendered...well, ordinary.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

October 6, 2008
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Inventor fights for recognition in feel-good film.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

October 6, 2008
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

Well constructed, albeit bland, story.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B-

October 5, 2008
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