• 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
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
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
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
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
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

Kinnear is excellent...

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

October 8, 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

Well constructed, albeit bland, story.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B-

October 5, 2008
Richard Knight
Windy City Times

Greg Kinnear's performance drives an old fashioned and satisfying David vs. Goliath picture.

Full Review Source: Windy City Times

October 5, 2008
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette

Try imagining the pitch for Flash of Genius: "It's a true story about the guy who invents the intermittent windshield wiper blade."

Full Review Source: Colorado Springs Gazette | Original Score: 6/10

October 3, 2008
Marco Cerritos
Boxoffice Magazine

Anyone familiar with other real-life David vs. Goliath stories like Erin Brockovich can guess how the story will turn out. But on the strength of Kinnear's performance, I would recommend this middle-of-the-road picture.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 3, 2008
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

It's an amazing and touching true story that will have you on the edge of your seat and may even cause you to shed a tear or two.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 3, 2008
Josh Hurst
Christianity Today

For those who enjoy this sort of inspiring, true-life story and are able to sort through the good and the bad in its central character, Flash of Genius is a smart choice.

Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 3, 2008
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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The notion that a car part holds all the beauty and inspiration of a great piece of art is what makes Flash of Genius so watchable.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

October 3, 2008
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Did you like Tucker: The Man and His Dream? It's in the same boat but less stylish and with a bit more heart.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

October 3, 2008
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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We might be talking about windshield wipers instead of industry pollution in Flash of Genius, but somehow justice seems more dear in this odd movie.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 3, 2008

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Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
April 5, 2011
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