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Flash of Genius

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Marc Abraham

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About the Movie

Academy Award® nominee Greg Kinnear stars in this inspiring true story about an ordinary man and his extraordinary fight against one of the most powerful corporations in the country. Dr. Robert Kearns (Kinnear) and his family are on their way to achieving the American Dream when he invents a device that can be used in every car in the world. But when an auto giant steals his idea, Robert does the unthinkable: He takes on the corporate titan in a battle nobody thinks he can win. Co-starring Alan Alda, Dermot Mulroney and Lauren Graham, it's the remarkable, feel-good journey critics are calling "hugely entertaining!" (Pete Hammond,

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 105
  • Fresh: 62
  • Rotten: 43
  • Average Rating: 5.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The product is concept, not execution, and the delivery techniques bear standard Hollywood patents. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: While some scenes deliver, Flash of Genius suffers from an occasional lack of narrative tension. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: "Flash of Genius" isn't that good, but it's an enjoyable way to start the Oscar season. – Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: 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. – Rex Reed, New York Observer, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Cautionary tale about corporate power

In fighting against corporate wrongs in A Civil Action, the plaintiff's lawyer lost almost everything. In this bittersweet film about the plaintiff, the central character took a huge personal toll for years, even though he eventually won in court. The film is for informed citizens, especially all aspiring corporate executives and lawyers alike.

Between being right and being happy

Dr Kearn's insistent to fight his case can be seen as his determination (stubborness) to get what is rightfully his. But is it more important to be right or to be happy? Although he won his case, he lost his wife. Nonetheless, I admire his courage and what he stood for.

Paint Dryer

If you have a freshly painted wall your better off staring at that all night!