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Flash of Genius Reviews

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Neil Pond
American Profile
September 28, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
Kinnear inhabits the terrifically uncomfortable role of the rabbit staked out in a clearing to attract wolves.
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
May 15, 2009
... Its true story, filmed and acted with great skill, has an uncommon poignancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
March 29, 2009
As in all films that make the questionable move of placing him front and center, Kinnear just blends in with the wallpaper.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
February 27, 2009
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
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
February 15, 2009
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 | Original Score: 72/100
Top Critic
November 10, 2008
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.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 10, 2008
Nothing too special here.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
November 10, 2008
There is depth, there is complexity, there is authenticity to this character.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
October 28, 2008
Following a twelve-year patent dispute regarding the invention of the intermittent windshield-wiper motor, it's not as interesting as it sounds.
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
October 17, 2008
A thoughtful inquiry into the doubtful benefits of pursuing one's ideals 'to the end of the line,' as they say in Double Indemnity.
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source
October 12, 2008
On its simplified terms of one man against the machine, the movie works, thanks almost entirely to Greg Kinnear's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Reece Pendleton
Chicago Reader
October 10, 2008
Seriously undermined by the skeletal script, which barely develops the characters and unintentionally raises more questions about Kearns's quixotic battle than it answers.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
October 10, 2008
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
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 8, 2008
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.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 8, 2008
Kinnear is excellent...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Amy Nicholson
Los Angeles CityBeat
October 6, 2008
As Ralph Nader learned, it's tough to make car-safety stimulating.
| Original Score: C
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
October 6, 2008
As filtered through screenwriter Philip Railsback's pen, Kearns' extraordinary life is rendered...well, ordinary.
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
October 6, 2008
Inventor fights for recognition in feel-good film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
October 5, 2008
Well constructed, albeit bland, story.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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