Flash of Genius Reviews

  • The product is concept, not execution, and the delivery techniques bear standard Hollywood patents.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • A doggedly workmanlike variation of an old story: the lone crusader doing battle with the big bad establishment.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

  • While some scenes deliver, Flash of Genius suffers from an occasional lack of narrative tension.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • 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

  • ...The problem with Flash of Genius isn't that the subject is dull but that the movie is.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • If only the movie were more than intermittently interesting.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Flash of Genius tells this story in faithful and often moving detail.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • ...It wants so desperately to be a Hollywood-style story of the little guy triumphing over the big guy that it races past much of the subtlety of Kearns' story...

    Mark Olsen — Chicago Tribune

  • 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

  • Flash of Genius has its corn, its conflation, its composite characters. But Kinnear does what he's done in the past: You underestimate the guy's acting chops, and suddenly, strikingly, he floors you.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • A kamikaze flight of a movie that presents itself like a weighty Oscar contender. If there were a category for Best Unintentional Self-Parody, it would be a shoo-in.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • The film stumbles at times... but it's essentially solid storytelling.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Kinnear captures both the distracted-genius absentmindedness of a man inspired and the crumbling psyche of a man possessed. It's easily Kinnear's best performance in years, maybe ever.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • 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

  • Very small potatoes in the cinematic annals of inspiring little-guy-fights-the-system melodramas, to the point that it's a wonder it was thought to be strong bigscreen material.

    Todd McCarthy — Variety

  • The flaws of Flash of Genius are worth putting up with for Kinnear's committed performance...

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • The film's sedate pace and ungainly structure... throw its biggest shortcoming into the spotlight. It lacks a clear villain.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • The notion that a car part holds all the beauty and inspiration of a great piece of art is what makes Flash of Genius so watchable.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • 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

  • This is an inspirational melodrama derailed by the low stakes of the subject and the flaws of its hero.

    Liam Lacey — Globe and Mail

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