Flash of Genius Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 2, 2008
The theoretically fascinating real-life story becomes just another product of the studio assembly line.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 3, 2008
The film's sedate pace and ungainly structure... throw its biggest shortcoming into the spotlight. It lacks a clear villain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 3, 2008
We have seen this kind of tale before, and director Marc Abraham is unable to convince us that we want to see it again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 3, 2008
If only the movie were more than intermittently interesting.
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 3, 2008
The film's major drawback is its unintentional drone-like quality. It's poorly lit and the somber production design becomes a grind rather than looking like one.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 10, 2008
Nothing too special here.
October 3, 2008
If you spend the entire movie making sure I'm aware that someone is socially awkward, he shouldn't turn into Henry Drumond from Inherit t the Wind during the closing argument.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 28, 2008
What little tension exists in Flash of Genius stems not from its ho-hum narrative, but from its attempts to fashion a heartwarming tale from a true-life story that, in many respects, wasn't all that heartwarming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
October 2, 2008
The film never rises above its mundane subject matter, and it certainly doesn't do anything to distinguish itself from any other run-of-the-mill fact-based drama about One Man fighting against The System.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
October 3, 2008
As told by producer turned director Marc Abraham, [Bob]Kearns' story has just about as much drama as watching water wiped away on a windshield by his invention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 4, 2008
Very small potatoes in the cinematic annals of inspiring little-guy-fights-the-system melodramas, to the point that it's a wonder it was thought to be strong bigscreen material.
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Christy Lemire
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 3, 2008
There's a fine line between standing up for yourself and selfishness, and Flash of Genius drives right over it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 3, 2008
While some scenes deliver, Flash of Genius suffers from an occasional lack of narrative tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 3, 2008
Sadly, first-time director Marc Abraham presents this story exactly the same as all the other biopics, all highlights.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
October 2, 2008
"Flash of Genius" is a film that is desperately in search of one--some burst of inspiration that would transform it from the paint-by-numbers inspirational saga that it is into something deeper and better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
October 3, 2008
It's as slow and lifeless a crowd pleaser as you'll see all year, a David-and-Goliath story that would have been a much stronger film if it realized that David has to be a little nuts to take on Goliath.
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
October 1, 2008
Despite an obsessiveness bordering on (and occasionally toppling over into) mania, Kearns just doesn't have the kind of larger-than-life personality we look for in our cinematic little-guy heroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kevin Carr
Film School Rejects
October 3, 2008
I wouldn't say that the new film Flash of Genius is terrible. It's actually not that bad. However, it could have been so much better.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 3, 2008
A doggedly workmanlike variation of an old story: the lone crusader doing battle with the big bad establishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 3, 2008
...The problem with Flash of Genius isn't that the subject is dull but that the movie is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
April 5, 2011

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