Flash of Genius
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"Seriously undermined by the skeletal script, which barely develops the characters and unintentionally raises more questions about Kearns's quixotic battle than it answers."
‑ Reece Pendleton, Chicago Reader
"Kinnear is outstanding as Kearns, physically conveying the stubborn, scruffy sense of resolute ethics that drives him at the expense of almost everything else."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"As in all films that make the questionable move of placing him front and center, Kinnear just blends in with the wallpaper."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Following a twelve-year patent dispute regarding the invention of the intermittent windshield-wiper motor, it's not as interesting as it sounds."
‑ Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly
"Nothing too special here."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"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."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Kinnear inhabits the terrifically uncomfortable role of the rabbit staked out in a clearing to attract wolves."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"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"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"A thoughtful inquiry into the doubtful benefits of pursuing one's ideals 'to the end of the line,' as they say in Double Indemnity."
‑ Thomas Peyser, Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
"There is depth, there is complexity, there is authenticity to this character."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"In the end, Flash of Genius abandons its most interesting story line - Kearns v. Kearns - for a reliance on formula."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"... Its true story, filmed and acted with great skill, has an uncommon poignancy."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"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."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"On its simplified terms of one man against the machine, the movie works, thanks almost entirely to Greg Kinnear's performance."
‑ Michael Dance, The Cinema Source
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