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Flash of Genius Reviews

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.
November 10, 2008
Nothing too special here.
November 10, 2008
There is depth, there is complexity, there is authenticity to this character.
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.
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.
October 6, 2008
As Ralph Nader learned, it's tough to make car-safety stimulating.
Read More | Original Score: C
October 3, 2008
In the end, Flash of Genius abandons its most interesting story line - Kearns v. Kearns - for a reliance on formula.
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
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
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
October 3, 2008
"Flash of Genius" isn't that good, but it's an enjoyable way to start the Oscar season.
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
October 3, 2008
Although it's competently made... Flash of Genius contains no spark of life at all.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 3, 2008
The flaws of Flash of Genius are worth putting up with for Kinnear's committed performance...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 3, 2008
The big-screen version of inventor Robert Kearns' legal battles with Ford and Chrysler... is about as exciting as Kearns' Wikipedia entry.
October 3, 2008
This is an inspirational melodrama derailed by the low stakes of the subject and the flaws of its hero.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 3, 2008
The product is concept, not execution, and the delivery techniques bear standard Hollywood patents.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 3, 2008
The film stumbles at times... but it's essentially solid storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
October 3, 2008
...It wants so desperately to be a Hollywood-style story of the little guy triumphing over the big guy that it races past much of the subtlety of Kearns' story...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 3, 2008
...The movie seems to have been crafted on an assembly line that specializes in inspirational tales of ordinary Davids triumphing over merciless Goliaths.
| Original Score: 2/4
October 3, 2008
If only the movie were more than intermittently interesting.
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
October 3, 2008
There's a fine line between standing up for yourself and selfishness, and Flash of Genius drives right over it.
Read More | Original Score: C
October 3, 2008
A doggedly workmanlike variation of an old story: the lone crusader doing battle with the big bad establishment.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 2, 2008
A kamikaze flight of a movie that presents itself like a weighty Oscar contender. If there were a category for Best Unintentional Self-Parody, it would be a shoo-in.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 2, 2008
Flash of Genius has its corn, its conflation, its composite characters. But Kinnear does what he's done in the past: You underestimate the guy's acting chops, and suddenly, strikingly, he floors you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 2, 2008
Flash Of Genius has all the pleasures of an underdog film and none of the guilt of being pandered, patronized, and fed a feel-good moral.
Read More | Original Score: B
October 2, 2008
Kinnear takes the star spot in Flash of Genius and rides it to glory.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 2, 2008
This film rises slightly above convention thanks to Kinnear's strong performance as its not entirely likable hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 2, 2008
Flash of Genius tells this story in faithful and often moving detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 2, 2008
Kinnear captures both the distracted-genius absentmindedness of a man inspired and the crumbling psyche of a man possessed. It's easily Kinnear's best performance in years, maybe ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 1, 2008
Kinnear, a generally underappreciated actor, holds the picture together almost by force of will.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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.