Kinnear is outstanding as Kearns, physically conveying the stubborn, scruffy sense of resolute ethics that drives him at the expense of almost everything else.
| Original Score: 3/5
Kinnear inhabits the terrifically uncomfortable role of the rabbit staked out in a clearing to attract wolves.
... Its true story, filmed and acted with great skill, has an uncommon poignancy.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
As in all films that make the questionable move of placing him front and center, Kinnear just blends in with the wallpaper.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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.
| Original Score: 72/100
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.
Nothing too special here.
There is depth, there is complexity, there is authenticity to this character.
Following a twelve-year patent dispute regarding the invention of the intermittent windshield-wiper motor, it's not as interesting as it sounds.
A thoughtful inquiry into the doubtful benefits of pursuing one's ideals 'to the end of the line,' as they say in Double Indemnity.
On its simplified terms of one man against the machine, the movie works, thanks almost entirely to Greg Kinnear's performance.
| Original Score: B-
Seriously undermined by the skeletal script, which barely develops the characters and unintentionally raises more questions about Kearns's quixotic battle than it answers.
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
Kinnear is excellent...
As Ralph Nader learned, it's tough to make car-safety stimulating.
| Original Score: C
As filtered through screenwriter Philip Railsback's pen, Kearns' extraordinary life is rendered...well, ordinary.
Inventor fights for recognition in feel-good film.
Well constructed, albeit bland, story.