Phenomenon (1996)

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By Scott Goldfine

John Travolta is a likeable auto mechanic who suddenly develops superhuman intellectual capacity and telekinetic powers in this misfired drama. The Mensa candidate finds himself in a quandary as his radical ideas and inventions are short-circuited by bureaucracy and closed-minded townsfolk.

The acting, including Forest Whitaker and Robert Duvall, is fine, but the film is slow, hollow and manipulative. Directed by Jon Turteltaub and also starring Kyra SedgwickRated PG.

GRADE: D

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