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. RichardsFull Review
Nothing too special here.
-Ben LyonsFull Review
There is depth, there is complexity, there is authenticity to this character.
-Ben MankiewiczFull Review
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 PendletonFull Review
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 ReedFull Review
In the end, Flash of Genius abandons its most interesting story line - Kearns v. Kearns - for a reliance on formula.
-Michael O'SullivanFull Review
While some scenes deliver, Flash of Genius suffers from an occasional lack of narrative tension.
-Claudia PuigFull Review
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 BarnardFull Review
We might be talking about windshield wipers instead of industry pollution in Flash of Genius, but somehow justice seems more dear in this odd movie.
-Tom KeoghFull Review
"Flash of Genius" isn't that good, but it's an enjoyable way to start the Oscar season.
-Peter HartlaubFull Review
We have seen this kind of tale before, and director Marc Abraham is unable to convince us that we want to see it again.
-James BerardinelliFull Review
Although it's competently made... Flash of Genius contains no spark of life at all.
-Stephen WhittyFull Review
The flaws of Flash of Genius are worth putting up with for Kinnear's committed performance...
-Lou LumenickFull Review
This is an inspirational melodrama derailed by the low stakes of the subject and the flaws of its hero.
-Liam LaceyFull Review
The product is concept, not execution, and the delivery techniques bear standard Hollywood patents.
-Lisa SchwarzbaumFull Review
The film stumbles at times... but it's essentially solid storytelling.
-Tom LongFull Review
The film's sedate pace and ungainly structure... throw its biggest shortcoming into the spotlight. It lacks a clear villain.
-Roger MooreFull Review
...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 OlsenFull Review
If only the movie were more than intermittently interesting.
-Joe MorgensternFull Review
...The problem with Flash of Genius isn't that the subject is dull but that the movie is.
-Ty BurrFull Review
There's a fine line between standing up for yourself and selfishness, and Flash of Genius drives right over it.
-Christy LemireFull Review
A doggedly workmanlike variation of an old story: the lone crusader doing battle with the big bad establishment.
-Stephen HoldenFull Review
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 CovertFull Review
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 ReaFull Review
Kinnear takes the star spot in Flash of Genius and rides it to glory.
This film rises slightly above convention thanks to Kinnear's strong performance as its not entirely likable hero.
-Rafer GuzmanFull Review
Flash of Genius tells this story in faithful and often moving detail.
-Roger EbertFull Review
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 GoodykoontzFull Review
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 McCarthyFull Review
Kinnear is outstanding as Kearns, physically conveying the stubborn, scruffy sense of resolute ethics that drives him at the expense of almost everything else.
-Neil PondFull Review