General Information

Glossary: F
Released Year: 2008
Runtime: 119 minutes
Genre: Biography, Drama
Directors: Marc Abraham
Writers: Philip Railsback, John Seabrook
Casts: Alan Alda, Aaron Abrams, Jake Abel, Greg Kinnear, Tatiana Maslany, Lauren Graham, Tim Kelleher
IMDB: Flash of Genius (2008)

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IMDB Rating: 7.0


Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
Alda gives the film's strongest performance. Kinnear, often a player of light comedy, does a convincing job of making this quiet, resolute man into a giant slayer.
Philadelphia Inquirer - Steven Rea
Kinnear does what he's done in the past: You underestimate the guy's acting chops, and suddenly, strikingly, he floors you.
The A.V. Club - Tasha Robinson
It's a smart movie for grownups, an increasingly rare commodity.
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum
The individual components of director Marc Abraham's David-and-Goliath drama are roundly unexceptional; the script, soft and teach-y; the performances, earnest.
ReelViews - James Berardinelli
In short, Flash of Genius fails to make viewers care with any depth about the story it's telling.

Flash of Genius (2008)

In this David vs. Goliath drama based on a true story, college professor Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear) goes up against the giants of the auto industry when they fail to give him credit for inventing intermittent windshield wipers. Kearns doggedly pursues recognition for his invention, as well as the much-deserved financial rewards for the sake of his wife (Lauren Graham) and six kids.