Air Force One Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
February 19, 2013
Well executed action thriller by Das Boot German director Petersen, which is rather weak in plot and characterization.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 10, 2009
[An] unabashedly jingoistic action extravaganza starring Harrison Ford as...'The Ass-Kicking President'...[Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 23, 2007
As the familiar cat-and-mouse plot unfolded, I let myself enjoy the unapologetic masculine thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
It's embarrassing to see [Ford] hanging by a thread ... behind his own 747. No image better fits the fragile state of his [career] at this point... he's losing his grip.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
October 3, 2002
Most of the time it's a kick.
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Unfortunately, as the film winds to a close, claustrophobic tension once again gives way to overblown digital effects and set pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
...it flies on and on until its power to hold us simply peters out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 28, 2002
An adrenaline-pumping political thriller.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 22, 2002
It's a great ride.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 22, 2002
Moments of silliness are more than balanced by Petersen's extraordinary ability to keep this movie flight-worthy, Ford's almost-executive presence and an outstanding performance from Oldman.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 17, 2001
With any expectations of real-life adventure safely out of mind, you can relish 1997's megahit "Air Force One" as one heck of a joy ride.
| Original Score: 8/10
June 14, 2001
Non-action movie fans will enjoy it, patriots will enjoy it, and Harrison Ford fans will enjoy it
Full Review | Original Score: 5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
Air Force One doesn't insult the audience. It is crafted by a film-maker who takes pride in the thrills and sly fun he packs into every frame.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
calculated with statistical precision to function as both a patriotic call to arms and an emotional tear about a man's family in jeopardy
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 14, 2001
Seeing the president of the United States as a kick-butt action hero pretty much sums up the appeal of Air Force One
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
A piece of expertly crafted entertainment that gets the job done with skill and panache

E! Online
January 1, 2000
A die-hardly pic that pits President Rambo against Oldman's boilerplate Russian hijacker.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
The two hours of this movie felt like such an eternity that I was certain my clothes were going to be out of style by the time it was over.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
Up to this moment, every detail ... has been exact ... But, because of that initial realism, audiences accept the fakery of what follows ... a president who, in physical prowess and stamina, makes Arnold Schwarzenegger look limp.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Harrison Ford is one of the most likable and convincing of movie stars, and he almost pulls off the impossible in Air Force One.' I don't mean he saves the day; I mean he almost saves the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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