Flash of Genius Synopsis
Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear) fights the auto industry over an invention.
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Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
It's exhilarating in an authentic, pathos-streaked way to see Kearns, through Greg Kinnear's inspired characterization of a wary obsessive,...
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Kearns' conflict is readable in Kinnear's every word and gesture. His performance is worth cheering.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
An enjoyable way to start the Oscar season.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Kinnear does what he's done in the past: You underestimate the guy's acting chops, and suddenly, strikingly, he floors you.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The individual components of director Marc Abraham's David-and-Goliath drama are roundly unexceptional; the script, soft and teach-y; the...
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The courtroom scenes emphasize the movie's potency as a David and Goliath saga. But the film's strength lies in its fact-based story of a...
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
It's not a lightning show, but "Flash" still shines.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The problem with Flash of Genius isn't that the subject is dull but that the movie is.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

It's also solidly constructed throughout and the acting is impeccable. The problem is that it just lumbers along for two solid hours,...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Mr. Kinnear is fine; he's an actor we always like, and he gives a skillful, heartfelt performance. The problem is the material -- dramatic...
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Great biopic

By gsxtacy4
I thought this movie was very good. It told the story of an inventor who's idea was stolen by the Ford Motor Company and the lengths/sacrifices he is willing to go through to bring justice against...

Flash of Genuis

By walmarty
Excellent movie and acting. I will never buy another Ford ever! What they did to this guy and family was unforgiveable especially for them being such a huge company! The best part is ethics and...

Flash of Genius

By mprout
Highly recommend it; good period piece as well. Good movie to discuss afterward. MKP...

not to shabby

By adonaips13
Although i am not an inventor or have I ever had to deal with the crap he did, I did enjoy the movie. I felt it was well acted and wasnt too drawn out! I happen to like true story type movies so...

Flash of Genius

By lashely
Good movie, Greg Kinear did a great job, good to know someone sticks to their beliefs!...

“FLASH OF GENIUS” – More “GENIUS” Than Flash: A Paean to STUBBORNNESS

By jimchudnow
This is the true story of Bob Kearns (played by GREG KINNEAR), a professor who invents things such as the intermittent WINDSHIELD WIPER (to make driving safer). Initially, he’s supported by his wife...

True Story......bittersweet

By robert.jones3
The Flash of Genius was well acted and the cinematography realistically captured the feel of the 1950 era of the stories beginning. The movie leaves the audience with a personal question of their...

Great film if you know Detroit in the 'old days'

By pegabler
Interesting film although it is character study rather than a 'car' story... I am from Detroit and found it good, the personality of the engineer, his Catholic background (although if you do not...

Flas of Genius

By syarber
The movie was great. It showed how holding out gains character....

Flash Of Genius

By joemarymovie
Very good movie in the David verses Goliath mode....

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Rated PG-13 | For brief strong language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Inventor fights for recognition in feel-good film.
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