Father of Invention
Father of Invention (2011)

Millionaire infomercial guru, Robert Axle (Kevin Spacey) loses everything when one of his inventions has a design flaw that accidentally chops off the fingers of thousands of customers. After serving eight years in prison, a disgraced Axle… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release Date: October 14, 2011
DVD Release Date: October 25, 2011
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Eric Hynes
Time Out

For all its eagerness to please, you'd think Father of Invention could come up with at least one sister of independence.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

The screenplay, by Mr. Cooper and Jonathan D. Krane, is so sketchy that it feels like a hastily executed first draft.

Billy Tatum
We Got This Covered

Father of Invention is not without its comic moments. Unfortunately, they take place during the end credits.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Highly predictable...

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Anthony Venutolo
Newark Star-Ledger

The film promises a nasty little satire for a while but finally goes soft and self-pitying.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies

Though it's got a few good ideas going for it, Father of Invention doesn't seem to know what kind of movie it wants to be.

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New York Daily News

Like Graham and Madsen, Spacey too often gets lost in smaller projects that aren't worthy of his talents. He, and his costars, deserve a more inventive movie than this one.

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Ronnie Scheib

Colorless exposition and a lack of imagination or wit stall Father of Invention at the starting gate.

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Tim Grierson
Screen International

Kevin Spacey gives a typically soulful performance, but otherwise the film falls far short of being as inventive or confident as its main character.

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Flixster Audience Score: 27% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Robert Axle is a millionaire infomercial guru. His life is going great until one of his products maims thousands of people. After serving around a decade in… More
Dann Michalski
Father of Invention is an interesting drama that's fairly entertaining. With a story about redemption and second chances, the film follows a former… More
Cynthia S.
This was quite a surprise, especially after seeing so many bad reviews. I really enjoyed this. I have to admit, a good Kevin Spacey film is very rare these… More
Sol C
Home Run for Kevin Spacey. He gives another great performance in a film that should have gotten a lot of attention. He is great playing this loser, who gets the… More
Cast:Kevin Spacey, Camilla Belle, Heather Graham, Virginia Madsen, John Stamos, Michael Rosenbaum, Johnny Knoxville, Craig Robinson, Rhoda Griffis, Anna… More
Panta Oz
I am not sure what to say... someone wrote that ""Father of Invention" proves strikingly uninventive" and that summarizes the lot!… More