Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
Watch On
  1. 100
    It's exhilarating in an authentic, pathos-streaked way to see Kearns, through Greg Kinnear's inspired characterization of a wary obsessive, representing himself during his trial against Ford Motor Co. for stealing his design.
  2. An uncompromising and ultimately chilling look at individual creativity trampled by corporate greed, and its timing could not be more appropriate.
  3. 75
    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.
  4. Kinnear does what he's done in the past: You underestimate the guy's acting chops, and suddenly, strikingly, he floors you.
  5. 75
    It's a smart movie for grownups, an increasingly rare commodity.
  6. 75
    Kearns' conflict is readable in Kinnear's every word and gesture. His performance is worth cheering.
  7. An enjoyable way to start the Oscar season.
  8. That movie is not half bad, either. The trial, by comparison, will feel familiar to anyone who has ever watched any David take on any corporate Goliath before a court of law ("Erin Brockovich," "A Civil Action," etc., etc.).
  9. The individual components of director Marc Abraham's David-and-Goliath drama are roundly unexceptional; the script, soft and teach-y; the performances, earnest.
  10. 63
    In short, Flash of Genius fails to make viewers care with any depth about the story it's telling.
  11. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    The courtroom scenes emphasize the movie's potency as a David and Goliath saga. But the film's strength lies in its fact-based story of a wronged man turned crusader, played with vigor by Kinnear.
  12. 63
    The flaws of Flash of Genius are worth putting up with for Kinnear's committed performance.
  13. The problem with Flash of Genius is that a windshield wiper is an awfully thin mechanism on which to hang a feature movie.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Oct 4, 2011
    7
    Its not a movie that stands out in any way and if it was not for Kinear's decent acting (not incredible, but decent), the movie would haveIts not a movie that stands out in any way and if it was not for Kinear's decent acting (not incredible, but decent), the movie would have done far worse. Kinear definitely carried out his portrayal to make the film believable and there are some other saving performances. The movie makes a visible lifte when Alan Alda makes his appearance. Also on the plus, it was shot well and pacing was acceptable. On the negative side, its predictable and a little too toned down. To quote a character "Let's tone down the language." (against Ford). The movie could have listed the countless other inventors marginalized and by corporations and could have made a much stronger statement. Full Review »
  2. AdamL.
    Feb 10, 2009
    9
    While the film may lack the novelty or high artistry necessary to earn it a "10," the beauty, focus, and superb performances of this movie While the film may lack the novelty or high artistry necessary to earn it a "10," the beauty, focus, and superb performances of this movie make it more than worthy of a "9." The lukewarm response of many of the professional critics above is unwarranted. Full Review »
  3. BobW
    Oct 9, 2008
    8
    Not flashy, but an engrossing story with good performances. Literate, simple, and enjoyable.