'Flash of Genius' Critic Reviews

88%
MovieWeb:   5 reviews
59%
Rotten Tomatoes:   107 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
    The product is concept, not execution, and the delivery techniques bear standard Hollywood patents.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    A doggedly workmanlike variation of an old story: the lone crusader doing battle with the big bad establishment.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    While some scenes deliver, Flash of Genius suffers from an occasional lack of narrative tension.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    In the end, Flash of Genius abandons its most interesting story line - Kearns v. Kearns - for a reliance on formula.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    ...The problem with Flash of Genius isn't that the subject is dull but that the movie is.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    If only the movie were more than intermittently interesting.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    Flash of Genius tells this story in faithful and often moving detail.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Mark Olsen Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    ...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...
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Reece Pendleton Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Seriously undermined by the skeletal script, which barely develops the characters and unintentionally raises more questions about Kearns's quixotic battle than it answers.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    25
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    59
    The film stumbles at times... but it's essentially solid storytelling.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    The flaws of Flash of Genius are worth putting up with for Kinnear's committed performance...
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    60
    The film's sedate pace and ungainly structure... throw its biggest shortcoming into the spotlight. It lacks a clear villain.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Linda Barnard Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Jonathan F. Richards Film.com (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    This is an inspirational melodrama derailed by the low stakes of the subject and the flaws of its hero.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    63
    We have seen this kind of tale before, and director Marc Abraham is unable to convince us that we want to see it again.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    75
    Kinnear takes the star spot in Flash of Genius and rides it to glory.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Neil Pond American Profile
    60
    Kinnear is outstanding as Kearns, physically conveying the stubborn, scruffy sense of resolute ethics that drives him at the expense of almost everything else.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kelly Vance East Bay Express
    Kinnear inhabits the terrifically uncomfortable role of the rabbit staked out in a clearing to attract wolves.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Digital Spy
    Full Review » 3 years ago