Phenomenon (1996)

A small-town auto mechanic of average intelligence suffers a mysterious mishap and suddenly becomes the world's smartest man in this touching, some say, Capra-esque drama. George Malley is the mechanic. He is well liked in his community… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 5, 1996
DVD Release Date: January 15, 2002
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Carol Buckland

Travolta is terrific! And in a movie season dominated by brainless action flicks and big explosions, Phenomenon is something magically different.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

For a movie that's ostensibly about intelligence, Phenomenon proves to be rather simple-minded.

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Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Pretty lame Scientology type stuff.

Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today

Works best if you can switch off your brain. Those who can will reach weepy nirvana. Those who can't will find this sticky-sweet wallow a bit, well, dumb.

Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Gentle tearjerker about sudden mental superpowers.

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Nell Minow
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Anne Billson
Daily Telegraph (UK)

This so-so Capra-esque fable with undertones of L. Ron Hubbard takes a turn for the worse after the first hour.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Flawed story, but compelling story does hook one.

Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

Touching supernatural thriller that works thanks to compelling performances from its stars.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
John Travolta, Forest Whitaker, Kyra Sedgwick and Robert Duvall head up one of the more heartwarming of this genre (just short of Flowers for Algeron) wherein a… More
Jim Careter
Sad and depressing, but hadmany heartwarming scenes. But really? Tumor superpowers.
Chris Weber
An average American man working as a mechanic in a California town finds himself granted supernatural abilities on his 37th birthday in this whimsical dramedy… More
Taylor Bond
They could've done a lot more with the premise, instead he just moves stuff and writes scientific crap down. Oh and does a nasty girl.
Red Lats
There are a few movies out there where something out-of-the-ordinary causes the hero to become a genius. It always seems to be a temporary phenomenon. This… More
Rachel F
Beautiful story.

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