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Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Oct 14, 2011
    50
    Make no mistake, Father of Invention is the hilarious Spacey's show all the way.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Oct 12, 2011
    50
    Colorless exposition and a lack of imagination or wit stall Father of Invention at the starting gate.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Oct 18, 2011
    40
    Spacey is ever the pro, shilling Axle's absurd redemption and countenancing the likes of Johnny Knoxville and John Stamos as if a third Oscar were in the offing. Yet his female costars fare worse, forming an unfortunate collection of dismal, man-dependent stereotypes, from Belle's perma-pouting idealist to Heather Graham's breast-obsessed, sapphic-by-choice ballbuster.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Oct 14, 2011
    40
    Kevin Spacey works heroically to overcome the flaws in Father of Invention, but Trent Cooper's flaky indie does depressingly little to earn its star's commitment.
  5. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Oct 12, 2011
    40
    Comedies don't get much more unfunny than Father of Invention, a lame and somewhat preachy comic take on a father trying to get back into his daughter's good graces.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Oct 12, 2011
    40
    The rather unappealing character of Axel is indulged with every opportunity for redemption, as Spacey is indulged with every opportunity to showboat.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 12, 2011
    38
    There's no spark or humor to the film's situations, just the sense of capable actors trying to make the best of a hopeless situation.
  8. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Oct 13, 2011
    30
    The screenplay, by Mr. Cooper and Jonathan D. Krane, is so sketchy that it feels like a hastily executed first draft.

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