Airplane! Reviews

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
June 8, 2015
Airplane! is a splendidly tacky, totally tasteless, completely insignificant flight, a gooney bird of a movie that looks as if it could never get off the ground and then surprises and delights with its free-spirited aerobatics.
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
April 7, 2015
Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, who share both writing and directorial credits, become so desperate for laughs that the jokes descend to a much cruder level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 1, 2008
The gags aren't exactly clever, but there are a lot of them, and the cutting finds a fast, effective tempo.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 1, 2008
The fact that the movie doesn't work as well today as it did in 1980 in no way diminishes its importance in recent motion picture history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
April 1, 2008
From the clever Jaws take-off opening to the final, irreverent title card, laughs come thick and fast.
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Don Macpherson
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Psycho ground controllers (Stack and Bridges), laff-a-second pace, and bludgeoning innuendo make this the acceptable face of the locker-room satire.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 6, 2005
It is sophomoric, obvious, predictable, corny, and quite often very funny. And the reason it's funny is frequently because it's sophomoric, predictable, corny, etc.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Airplane! is more than a pleasant surprise, in the midst of this dim movie season. As a remedy for the bloated self-importance of too many other current efforts, it's just what the doctor ordered.