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½ September 22, 2014
Scenario simpliste certes mais on se laisse emporter par Travolta et cette dimension humaine que l'on ressent tout le long du film.
September 15, 2014
Travolta at his probable best as his performance of a local, humble mechanic unclearly given great fast, non-stop growing intelligence energized the film's charm with heart, over the thin storyline in small points. (B+)

(Full review coming soon - with better wording probably)
August 9, 2014
Simply my favorite movie. Ever.
June 13, 2014
While not the best movie around, this can be best described as a lazy Sunday afternoon watcher. It is enjoyable to watch, with likable characters, and a decent enough narrative to keep the casual watcher, watching.
May 1, 2014
Directed by Jon Turteltaub, (Cool Runnings (1993), While You Were Sleeping (1995), National Treasure (2004) and Last Vegas (2013)) and written by Gerald Di Pego (Sharky's Machine (1981), Message in a Bottle (1999) and Instinct (1999)). This fantasy drama has a touch of Frank Capra about it, a touch of The X Files and a touch of Forrest Gump about it, and it's an OK but sickly mix. Set in a small town in Northern California, George Malley (John Travolta) is an amicable and somewhat dim-witted car mechanic who is liked in the town, and while out for a birthday drink, is seemingly hit by a bright white light that came down from space. Although the townspeople think he's had one too many, but it turns out the bright white light has given George the intelligence of a genius, able to memorise facts and different languages. Plus, it's also given George telekinetic powers, which scares the town excluding friend Nate (Forest Whitaker) and Doc Brunder (Robert Duvall), but it's not long before the government want George. There is something charmingly old fashioned about this film, but it does dive into mawkish sentimentality and a half-baked love story which is on the side too. Despite the films it was up against at the time, Phenomenon did quite well against stiff competition, a TV series spin-off was planned but it never came to fruition.
½ April 7, 2014
Wonderful, inspirational movie that marked John Travolta's return to the big time. The beautiful story of a simple man who suddenly becomes a genius, with so many touching parts to it. And negatives too. So realistic - if we can take the leap of faith that this is possible. Truly an inspirational and wonderful film.
March 31, 2014
Vi esse filme há muito tempo e revi esse fds. Um pouco mela-cueca d+ mas tem uma mensagem legal e a história prende.
Pra quem já não viu, vale a pena.
½ February 16, 2014
Doc (Robert Duvall): [after hearing several of the townsfolk openly disparage George in the Bar] Why do ya have to tear him down? What are ya so afraid of? What have you got to lose? He wasn't selling anything! He didn't want anything from anybody! He wanted nothing from nobody! Nothing! And you people have to tear him down so you can sleep better tonight! So ya can prove that the world is flat and ya can sleep better tonite! Am I right? Am I right?... I'm right... The Hell with all of ya. The Hell with everyone of ya. [storms out of the Bar]

Conceptually this was an interesting movie. I liked the idea of unlocking the human potential would lead to unexplainable "powers", I even don't mind the conclusion. Yes, it kind of feels a bit of a let down that they the powers that be chose the less controversial path instead of going the Sci-Fi route, but it's understandable. The cast was alright, Robert Duvall (who plays Doc) was the best and gave the most wonderful performance in the film followed closely by the talented Forest Whitaker, who was quite adorable in this movie. Watching Brent Spiner outside ST:TNG is always a treat. John Travolta was alright and Kyra Sedgwick was okay but their on-screen chemistry wasn't explosive-- maybe if someone else played opposite one or the other or if the two lead roles were cast different altogether this film could have been more dynamic; but as it stands, it was just alright, a little boring, a bit too cutesy. There was so much potential to this film but fell short of meeting it, this could have been so much more compelling.
January 1, 2014
I have it but never watched it. lol
December 28, 2013
Over the heads of most people, this story is about the ability of anyone to transform themselves to unimaginable levels of physical and mental development. A classic waiting for the average viewer to catch up, like most posting their rating here.
November 12, 2013
It's manipulative, but it's still a moving and heartfelt drama.
October 27, 2013
A man on his 37th birthday discovers he suddenly becomes a genius, and gets a shock when he realises that this sudden gift could be shortening his life. Travolta returns to the Boy in the Plastic Bubble territory in this medical melodrama. However, though the story is based on very rare but true events, the film doesn't choose to explore this strange condition in any rewarding or realistic way but rather use it rather unceremoniously in a trivial and and frivolous way. That is a shame, as this bizarre condition is after all what makes Phenomenon so intriguing, and whenever the film chooses to explore it superficially it is still quite involving and strange.
½ September 23, 2013
Bittersweet film that completely falls apart in its last third when it turns Travolta's George Malley into a Christ-figure. Good performances by Travolta and Robert Duvall are not enough.
½ August 27, 2013
Pour le morceaux d'Ãric Clapton
½ August 23, 2013
The under drag of Scientology surfaces too much for one to sit and enjoy this almost magical piece.
½ August 11, 2013
John Travolta comes into contact with a UFO and gains telekinetic powers as well as the ability to learn at an extraordinarily rapid pace. The early going works well enough but once the main plot device kicks in it does not go anywhere remarkable. It is frustrating, sad, and perhaps even tragic to watch this gift turn into a curse for a good natured simple man. There is not an insightful ironic twist; it is just unfortunately sad. John Travolta is likable but miscast; I have a hard time buying him as small town good ole boy. The romance Travolta and Kyra Sedgwick is painful. Sedgwick's character is persistently irrational and dislikable. Even after we are supposed to warm up to her I did not. It was a chore to watch her reject and cold shoulder Travolta time after time. The resolution is empty and unfulfilling. I cannot in good faith recommend this one to anyone.
½ August 10, 2013
If you like supernatural, then this movie won't disappoint you.
August 9, 2013
If you don't like this movie, you're doing life wrong.
July 24, 2013
The movie presents itself as one thing, and is moving along at a slow but enjoyable pace. All of the sudden, at about an hour and 45 minutes in the writer and/or director seem to realize it is time to wrap the movie. The movie take a turn out of left field that makes little sense to the story and ends with the viewer staring at the screen in disbelief.
June 5, 2013
Kyra Sedgwick
and a great story all in all.
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