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4.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

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Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Oct 14, 2011
    50
    Make no mistake, Father of Invention is the hilarious Spacey's show all the way.