Stealth Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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Ed Halter
Village Voice
August 2, 2005
If we're going to be fighting the war on terror in perpetuity, could we at least get better movies out of it?
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 1, 2005
Cohen undermines his own effort to make a 21st century Top Gun by using so many quick cuts and zooms that we can't even appreciate the action sequences. I almost got motion sickness.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 29, 2005
It's not new. It's not interesting. I wish it would go away.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
July 29, 2005
Aiming to join the Jerry BruckheimerJerry Bruckheimer/Michael BayMichael Bay school of American movie war games, Stealth is just too dumb to make the grade.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 29, 2005
Stealth manages to be so ridiculously unconvincing you think you're watching a live-action version of last year's sublime action-movie puppet satire Team America.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 29, 2005
Rob Cohen's airborne adventure Stealth commits the cardinal sin for an action movie: It's very, very dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 29, 2005
No matter how hard Cohen flogs it, whips it, beats it, shakes it, kicks it and prods it with a sharp stick, Stealth, his latest, just doesn't spring to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 29, 2005
Stealth flirts with competence when it reprises Behind Enemy Lines, and staggers into hilarious ineptitude when it borrows from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 29, 2005
Harsh and tasteless, it doesn't even qualify as a popcorn movie. Popcorn, at least, has some taste to it, and a certain airiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
July 29, 2005
Stealth succeeds in satisfying a dozen different pubescent fantasies while simultaneously violating every aspect of logic and good taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 29, 2005
Beyond mind-numbing explosions, Stealth's effects are good, especially the whooshing flight scenes. But as Eddie shows, humanity matters, and computer wizardry won't fill an empty plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 29, 2005
Cohen is no stranger to cornball excess but Stealth is his chef-d'oeuvre, a movie so audaciously preposterous and jingoistic it plays like a parody of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 29, 2005
[Stealth] is the filmic embodiment of all that is indulgent, gratuitous and downright dumb in pop culture.
| Original Score: D
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 29, 2005
Stealth doesn't so much crash and burn as just fly and fade into its CGI-created sunset.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 29, 2005
Hollywood hokum? Absolutely. Pop-culture propaganda? Perhaps. Yet Stealth goes beyond feeding our popcorn proclivities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 29, 2005
Stealth is a pretty fair military-hardware action movie until you start thinking about it -- at which point it turns incredibly sour in your mouth.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 29, 2005
The latest and, in many ways, most preposterous hunk of big-screen action to come out of Hollywood in some time.
| Original Score: C-
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 29, 2005
Stealth is so over-painted with CGI that it doesn't look as real as the sequence starring Shepard that inspired it in The Right Stuff, a movie made with model airplanes.
| Original Score: 1/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 29, 2005
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
July 29, 2005
Stealth is flimsy and forgettable, but it does have a few worthy action and special-effects sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 28, 2005
A slick piece of summer entertainment that is counting on elaborate special effects to make its derivative, convoluted story line all but irrelevant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 28, 2005
The dialogue is often drowned out by engine noise.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 28, 2005
Has the makings of a kitsch classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 28, 2005
While Stealth repeatedly hits air pockets of plot nonsense, Cohen provides [fun] in abundance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 28, 2005
The movie does deliver the video game goods but strands its characters in a no-man's-land of crude characterizations and silly dialogue.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 28, 2005
It ain't brain surgery, but Stealth is one of the smartest stupid movies of the summer.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
July 28, 2005
The movie is absolutely consistent -- it's just as wildly improbable at the end as in the beginning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 28, 2005
Stealth's strengths are obvious -- high-tech marvels and a good cast -- so are its flaws. At its worst moments, a mad robot seems to have taken over the movie, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 28, 2005
If Stealth were a recruitment film for aircraft-carrier duty, one would be tempted to say, 'Mission accomplished.' As a feature film, it's a washout.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
July 28, 2005
After 110 minutes of this, atheists will storm monasteries and acrophobics will scale redwood trees, anything to find an oasis of calm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
July 28, 2005
The sort of movie that makes you pine for Michael Bay.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 28, 2005
Stealth is a offense against taste, intelligence and the noise pollution code -- a dumbed-down Top Gun crossed with the HAL 9000 plot from 2001.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 28, 2005
Move over, Michael Bay. The Island is no longer the loudest, dumbest movie of the summer.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 28, 2005
Overlong, disjointed, and rarely compelling, Stealth has the capacity to put viewers into a catatonic state.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 27, 2005
The stars are asked to chew on the driest of technobabble, and to strike poses of flyboy and flygirl moxie that make them look callow rather than heroic.
Full Review | Original Score: c