Flash of Genius

2008

Flash of Genius

Critics Consensus

The touching underdog story of a single guy against a massive corporation, Flash of Genius is a well-paced and well-written tale with a standout performance by star Greg Kinnear.

60%

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Total Count: 106

55%

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User Ratings: 6,023
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The Kearns were a typical 1960s Detroit family, trying to live their version of the American Dream. Local university professor Bob married teacher Phyllis and, by their mid-30s, had six kids who brought them a hectic but satisfying Midwestern existence. When Bob invents a device that would eventually be used by every car in the world, the Kearns think they have struck gold. But their aspirations are dashed after the auto giants who embraced Bob's creation unceremoniously shunned the man who invented it. Ignored, threatened and then buried in years of litigation, Bob is haunted by what was done to his family and their future. He becomes a man obsessed with justice and the conviction that his life's work--or for that matter, anyone's work--be acknowledged by those who stood to benefit. And while paying the toll for refusing to compromise his dignity, this everyday David will try the unthinkable: to bring Goliath to his knees.

Cast

Greg Kinnear
as Robert Kearns
Lauren Graham
as Phyllis Kearns
Dermot Mulroney
as Gil Privick
Alan Alda
as Gregory Lawson
Daniel Roebuck
as Frank Sertin
Jake Abel
as Dennis Kearns
Tim Kelleher
as Charles Defao
Bill Smitrovich
as Judge Michael Franks
Mitch Pileggi
as Ford executive
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  • Aug 21, 2011
    Considering how predictable the story was, Flash of Genius was a fairly good film to watch. I had some minor issues with the film, and I thought that the film though good, wasn't as good as I'd thought it is. Robert Kearns seeks to be compensated and brings a lawsuit against the Ford Motor Company for patent infringement. Flash of Genius is the true story about Robert Kearns who is credited as one of the first to bring a lawsuit against a big corporation that infringed on a patent. Robert Kearns invented the intermittent windshield wiper and Flash of Genius tells the story of how he invented the wiper and how he fought in court to protect what was rightfully his. Greg Kinnear gives a good performance, but he also kind of makes Robert Kearns look a bit unsympathetic as well. Flash of Genius was a good film, but that was where the trouble lied with the film. Though Kinnear's performance was good, he made Kearns look almost like the bad guy, and looking at what he was doing to his family in the process while fighting his case. You sympathize with Robert Kearns, but almost don't care for him, almost. Flash of Genius could have been a truly great film, but its predictability kind of brought it down a notch. Still, this is a worthy film to watch with good performances, just don't expect anything excellent.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2011
    Kinda boring, kinda sad that when stand up for something you believe in, friends and family will tend to leave you all alone. I'm glad he never stopped! The trial was pretty interesting.
    ~Lissa~ Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2011
    Based on a true story, this is an excellent, low key, film about a little guy in the right taking on a fat cat corporation so appallingly, and obviously in the wrong. Greg Kinnear is outstanding in a movie which I rather like and is not unsuitable for the whole family - I think I'll screen it for my mum.
    The S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2010
    Somewhat plodding but a good central performance by Greg Kinnear.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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