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Flyboys (2006)

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33

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 127
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 85

A poorly scripted history-rewriting exercise with mediocre acting and unconvincing CGI battle scenes.

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Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 27

A poorly scripted history-rewriting exercise with mediocre acting and unconvincing CGI battle scenes.

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Movie Info

As World War I rages in Europe and Allied forces in France, Italy, and England find their resolve quickly diminishing due to the overwhelming force of the German juggernaut, a handful of brave American soldiers volunteer to join their French counterparts in learning to fly and fighting for freedom from above as the true story of the legendary Lafayette Escadrille comes to the screen in a breathtaking war adventure from Academy Award-winning director Tony Bill and famed producer Dean Devlin. They

PG-13,

Drama, Action & Adventure

Blake T. Evans, David S. Ward

Jan 30, 2007

$13.0M

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All Critics (135) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (85) | DVD (23)

Aafter a while -- there must be six major fights against unending numbers of German planes -- it feels like special effects run amok.

September 30, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Why make such a corny and incredibly predictable film?

September 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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The painstaking authenticity and appealing cast of Flyboys can't overcome the cloyingly formulaic nature of its story.

September 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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This is old-school moviemaking, for better or worse, which means rat-a-tat dogfights in the sky combined with overripe romantic and social clichés on the ground.

September 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Besides some fine dogfight sequences, it often feels threadbare, just an exercise in recycling.

September 22, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Flyboys has computer imaging and a fleet of vintage aircraft on its side, but it remains considerably less convincing than Wings (1927), and less exciting.

September 22, 2006
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Each air battle has been scripted as a set piece that not only shows off the capabilities of the pilots and their machines, but also advances the plot. Bring your Dramamine!

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

It may indeed be inspired by a true story, but what we see onscreen is simply "Star Wars" set in some fantasy French air base circa 1917.

February 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Kinetofilm
Kinetofilm

The characters, although based on real life people, are one-dimensional stereotypes that exist for the sole purpose of presenting indistinguishable flesh-and-blood pilots for superabundant air battles.

April 25, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

The best of Pearl Harbor meeting the worst of HBO's Band of Brothers.

September 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Calgary Movies
Calgary Movies

Yearning for a time when warfare seemed so much simpler and more honourable, Flyboys is a thrilling, spectacular ride - but only when its dull characters get off the ground.

June 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

This well-produced, engaging film somewhat overreaches itself, trying to turn a crackling adventure into a sweeping emotional epic.

May 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

It's as family-friendly as a war movie can be these days, relying on the daring of its amazing aerial sequences rather than carnage or vulgarity to promote its authenticity.

March 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Flyboys doesn't just use cliches - it wallows in them, feeling more like a film based on old war movies than actual history.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO

With its meticulous attention to detail and superior production values, the film promises much more than its unseasoned cast and thin plotting deliver.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Amazing aerial stunts %u2013 they are really are quite a sight to behold.

February 17, 2007
Moviehole

Romanticised battles and chivalry, heroic deeds and brutal deaths, these are the elements that Flyboys flies by, a thrilling adventure from the pages of history, tinged with the sadness of it all.

February 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Weak on story, but strong on action, Flyboys is actually worth seeing for the effects alone.

February 5, 2007 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

The aerial combat scenes are visually stunning.

January 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

An embarrassing cliché-fest.

January 1, 2007 Full Review Source: FulvueDrive-in.com
FulvueDrive-in.com

Even the aerial battle scenes are frustrating because they've been shot with no sense of space (the effect is similar to watching a dance sequence where you can't see the dancers' feet).

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

You can forgive the chessiness when that camera is soaring through the air.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

The introduction is slow, but director Tony Bill can be forgiven some sluggishness thanks to the spectacle of his aerial footage.

October 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

...while the flying sequences might be visually slick and exciting, the accompanying screenplay is woefully trite and phony.

October 9, 2006 Full Review
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

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October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

This time, I simply had to split my vote.

October 3, 2006 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Audience Reviews for Flyboys

This is a great movie about flying aces during WW1. A small group of Americans go to France to join the flying corps and battle the German flying aces, alittle cliched in places, alittle smoochy here and there and rather predictable to be honest but this is good boys own Biggles type stuff based on fact.

The effects are great and do the job, the dogfights are really excellent and quite tense whilst the acting is ok, not great but worthy enough. The story sucks you in with its brash tale of young aces and romance and its not hard to get behind the heroes and cheer as they bring down the bosh haha. Overall its not really graphic with the bloodshed and not extreme in any way but it does the job of showing how the pilots fought and what they went through, with alittle Hollywood sparkle of course ;)

Think 'Memphis Belle' with better effects and abit more realism, good fun with a caring heart to the facts. Scarfs on and chocks away chaps.
October 11, 2011
phubbs1

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It really wanted to be good, but it was just too cheesy. The dialogue, acting and plot cliches were just too annoying for me to enjoy the movie as a whole, despite the fact that some of the dogfight scenes were pretty cool.
February 20, 2010
liquidchick76

Super Reviewer

What a wonderful film! Right from start to finish I enjoyed every bit of it!
January 13, 2010
KJ Proulx

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