Flash of Genius
Flash of Genius (2008)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 3, 2008
DVD Release Date: February 17, 2009
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The touching underdog story of a single guy against a massive corporation, Flash of Genius is a well-paced and well-written tale with a standout performance by star Greg Kinnear.

Jonathan F. Richards

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.

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Reece Pendleton
Chicago Reader

Seriously undermined by the skeletal script, which barely develops the characters and unintentionally raises more questions about Kearns's quixotic battle than it answers.

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Neil Pond
American Profile

Kinnear is outstanding as Kearns, physically conveying the stubborn, scruffy sense of resolute ethics that drives him at the expense of almost everything else.

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

Nothing too special here.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

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.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Kinnear inhabits the terrifically uncomfortable role of the rabbit staked out in a clearing to attract wolves.

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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

There is depth, there is complexity, there is authenticity to this character.

Amy Nicholson
Los Angeles CityBeat

As Ralph Nader learned, it's tough to make car-safety stimulating.

Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

... Its true story, filmed and acted with great skill, has an uncommon poignancy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Considering how predictable the story was, Flash of Genius was a fairly good film to watch. I had some minor issues with the film, and I thought that the film… More
Gordon Anderson
Well worn tale of the little man taking on a corporate giant. Absolutely predictable but amiable.
jay nixon
Somewhat plodding but a good central performance by Greg Kinnear.
paul sandberg
as with many a biopic, this film takes many a convenient shortcut in its story telling, and when it does stray outside the normal narative, it fails (while the… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Corporations have time, money, and power on their side. All Bob Kearns had was the truth."</i> Robert Kearns takes on the Detroit… More
Dean McKenna
This true-life tale of an inventor's long battle against the Ford Motor Company is quite good. Set against a convincing Motown backdrop, Greg Kinnear - a… More