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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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 72/100
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
November 10, 2008
There is depth, there is complexity, there is authenticity to this character.
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-
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
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 8, 2008
Kinnear is excellent...
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
October 5, 2008
Well constructed, albeit bland, story.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
October 5, 2008
Greg Kinnear's performance drives an old fashioned and satisfying David vs. Goliath picture.
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette
October 3, 2008
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 | Original Score: 6/10
Marco Cerritos
Boxoffice Magazine
October 3, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
October 3, 2008
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
Josh Hurst
Christianity Today
October 3, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
October 3, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 3, 2008
Did you like Tucker: The Man and His Dream? It's in the same boat but less stylish and with a bit more heart.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
October 3, 2008
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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