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Overall Rating
2.87

Awesome: 17.95%
Worth A Look: 10.26%
Average28.21%
Pretty Bad28.21%
Total Crap: 15.38%

2 reviews, 27 user ratings


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by spork-girl

"Bland, safe stuff. Take mom."
3 stars

Flowers for Algernon, only with Johnny Travolta.

In summary, John Travolta sees a pretty light in the sky, and gets real smart-like. Since he's a good guy, he does good things, including seducing Kevin Bacon's girlfriend. He becomes a one-man sideshow when word spreads of his newfound intelligence and powers, and the government wants to find out what makes him tick.

This is an entertianing enough movie. It's cute and sweet and wonderful and you just wanna hug John to pieces, he's so smart and naive at the same time.

But at the same time, it's not terribly revealing or complex or anything but superficial. John and Kyra do well enough, and the movie is well centered and structured. It's not a bad film.

The story has been done before, and I just feel there's nothing to make this spectacularly good or bad.

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originally posted: 09/05/98 08:17:43
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User Comments

3/02/10 EM Very enjoyable. Like JT in soft roles. He's not credible playing bad guys. 5 stars
7/28/07 steven kelly Warm 'n' fuzzy drama doesn't seem to know what to do with itself, but is generally engaging 3 stars
5/16/07 fools♫gold Don't pay attention to the government - err - these critics. 5 stars
8/29/06 Luisa Touching and entertaining tear-jerker 4 stars
8/16/05 ES Cna you say rip-off of Powder= Mr. Travolta does it again 2 stars
2/26/05 Cameron Cubbison wonderfully entertaining and poingnant...Travolta should've won an Oscar. great every time 5 stars
2/19/05 Jeff Anderson ONE OF TRAVOLTA'S BEST PERFORMANCES! An intriguing & great film about hope THAT I LOVED!!!! 5 stars
11/21/04 Alan Liddle If you have any emotions whatso-ever, this will get to you. I loved it and I'm a bloke. 5 stars
12/05/03 john better than a sleeping pill 1 stars
6/12/03 Spoonhead Story lacks any depth, Acted well though. 3 stars
2/01/03 KatheBlueEyes Lots of fun to watch 4 stars
7/23/02 R.W. Welch Rambling fantasy flick is no grabber but interesting in spots. 3 stars
4/29/02 Rockitman007 It wasnt that bad. Parts were very good. Richard Kiley is always watchable. 4 stars
8/10/01 Mr. Hat I cried, man. 4 stars
6/15/01 Law Firm of Dewey, Cheatam & Howe One exceptionally great scene (Forest & housekeeper) do not a movie make 1 stars
4/03/01 Andrew Carden The only good thing is the special effects. 2 stars
12/04/00 Cristopher Revilla Wasn't that good 3 stars
7/19/00 Reeds reel reviews the only reviews you print are from space ships that want blood, gore and sex or it's no go 5 stars
3/23/00 Richard Wright Would Travolta please read his scripts before signing up for hackneyed rubbish like this? 2 stars
1/15/00 hum this is so bad! 1 stars
11/24/99 sam crap 1 stars
1/15/99 Dasha I haven't had the patience to wait until end. Pretty pathetic. 2 stars
10/31/98 Silent Rob Sporky, says it all..Charly/Flowers For Algernon, without the 'mystery science'. 3 stars
10/18/98 y one of the worst. 1 stars
10/06/98 katherine How could this film get rated shabbily? ok, it was mushy, but still totally awesome. 5 stars
9/25/98 ShadowStar UGH!!! 1 stars
8/25/98 Mister Whoopee Scientology textbook. 2 stars
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