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Flight (2012)



Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 219
Fresh: 170 | Rotten: 49

Robert Zemeckis makes a triumphant return to live-action cinema with Flight, a thoughtful and provocative character study propelled by a compelling performance from Denzel Washington.


Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 40 | Rotten: 4

Robert Zemeckis makes a triumphant return to live-action cinema with Flight, a thoughtful and provocative character study propelled by a compelling performance from Denzel Washington.



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In this action-packed mystery thriller, Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane? -- (C) Official Site



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All Critics (219) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (170) | Rotten (49) | DVD (1)

'Flight' is predictable in its plotting and soft in its conclusions. But thanks to that dynamite opening and Washington's effortless performance, it's also an enjoyable, compelling slice of old-school melodrama.

January 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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At a certain point, great actors want to show us the truth of something that may be far from their lives but that somehow they understand, intimately, all too well.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Flight is a well-made motion picture, but not a fun or entertaining one.

November 4, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Denzel Washington gives one of his most nuanced and impressive performances.

November 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Richard
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This is Washington's movie from beginning to end, and full of little layers.

November 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comment (1)
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It succeeds as a carefully balanced cocktail of uppers and downers, of the type favored by its hero. You'll have a good night out, even if you don't remember it in the morning.

November 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Slate
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Zemeckis has enough control as a filmmaker to overshadow Flight's structural problems, thus making the film both crowd-pleasing and emotionally involving.

August 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

An ordinary drama about addiction and recovery, made somewhat noteworthy by Denzel Washington's firing-on-all-cylinders performance.

July 24, 2013 Full Review Source:

Until the last 10 minutes, Flight in large part resembles one of those tough, dark character studies they used to make in the '70s.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

About all the film accomplishes is instilling a fear that the next time you fly, your pilot might be an irresponsible lush.

May 13, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

Not the most compelling portrait of addiction, but it's a satisfactory one.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

The powerful pull of the bottle is conveyed with considerable force...The character fits Washington like a tailored strait-jacket, possibly because he's worn it before.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

Robert Zemeckis boldly returns to live action with a soaring drama that exceeds expectations thanks to Denzel Washington's Oscar-nominated performance.

February 12, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

If you've got the nerve, buckle up.

February 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

In John Gatin's script not only have Robert Zemeckis and Denzel Waashington found an outlet to profess their spirituality, but they also deliver some of their best work.

February 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

An extremely entertaining watch, if not a wholly empathetic experience.

February 6, 2013 Full Review Source:

[E]nds up saying, [Expletive] those people who want more than a nice risk-free complacent ending.

February 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Zemeckis - who hasn't directed a live action film since 2000's Cast Away - shoots the film as straight as possible. But that's not to say it's without wit.

February 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Uncut Magazine [UK]
Uncut Magazine [UK]

In Flight Zemekis and co. have achieved something braver than the familiar "drugs are bad mmmk" chestnut, creating one of Hollywood's most vivid portrayals of a functional alcoholic character, and asking us not to judge him not by his addiction.

February 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Crikey

There's no doubt that audiences used to him as Malcolm X or 'Hurricane' Carter will be appalled by the sight of him completely off his face.

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Rip It Up

A borderline farcical approach to addiction that's so heavy-handed it could be added to the weight program at a gym

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie
The Popcorn Junkie

Flight may begin on a glorious high, but the long hangover that follows is a prime example of mainstream Hollywood dramatic filmmaking at its most cartoonish.

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Zemeckis generally sustains the tension, though the movie is overlong and the full implications of the drama are never fully confronted. But Washington is always there, a substantial antihero with a genuinely tragic dimension.

February 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

t is hard to think of a film as weirdly paced or as oddly structured as Robert Zemeckis's largely successful return to live-action drama.

February 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

...isn't true to the hard work of confession.

February 1, 2013 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm

Here, after the truly alarming crash sequence, there are no special effects, just deft and committed film-making, letting us see steadily in long takes.

February 1, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Audience Reviews for Flight

A good film but some would argue that it was the wrong way round. Essentially the film is about addiction and so rightly it is filmed the way it is but this means the film suffers from having a thrilling start and then a rather slow and monotonous second half. The seriousness of alcoholism is again slightly ruined by a misguided attempt at humour from a comedy drug dealer in the form of John Goodman (complete with Rastafarian hat, but of course). The real problem is that right from the beginning it is easy to see that the film can only end in one of two ways, you hope that you're wrong and that there is a clever twist but there isn't, it ends in one of the only two ways it could - which is nice but ultimately dull. Not that you'd want to glorify alcoholism in any way, of course not, except, they kinda do. Seriously, why would you want to give up when it looks so much fun, especially when you can obviously still function fully! It's entertaining enough, the Hospital stairwell scene was brilliantly scripted, and the thrilling Airplane scenes were great, but the big message is lost which really damages it overall.
November 25, 2013

Super Reviewer

Good movie, definitely a must-watch. Different than what I expected - rather than a story about a pilot flying an airplane in an emergency situation, the point is really a story about personal admission, and taking responsibility for a life gone wrong. A lot of full-frontal nudity, abrasive language, and substance abuse in the beginning, but has a very satisfying, feel-good ending. John Goodman really stands out in this, and adds a bit of levity...actually, he was a hoot!
October 13, 2013

Super Reviewer

A great visualization from director Robert Zemeckis for making a movie about someone who should be the hero to become the zero and letting the audiences in a gray vote, to vote for him or to blame him.. Denzel Washington undoubtedly gave his best performance for making a performance that actually a jackass but looks like a hero.. The story itself is simple, audiences didn't have to think hard about the story, they just need to make their choices for whom they should stand for.. Overall, Zemeckis once again successfully stole my heart with this movie..
September 6, 2013
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August 2, 2013
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    1. Harling Mays: My work here is finished. See you on the dark side of the moon.
    – Submitted by N F (16 months ago)
    1. Hugh Lang: The FAA placed ten pilots in simulators, recreated the events. Every pilot killed everybody on board! You were the only one who could do it!
    – Submitted by Phil P (19 months ago)
    1. Hugh Lang: This was an act of god.
    2. Whip Whitaker: Whose God would do this?
    – Submitted by Phil P (19 months ago)
    1. Harling Mays: I need that table cleaned off and put in front of him, a credit card, a hundred dollar bill and a glass of water.
    2. Charlie Anderson: I got a twenty?
    3. Charlie Anderson: That'll do.
    – Submitted by Charles L (21 months ago)
    1. Whip Whitaker: I drink because I CHOOSE TO!
    – Submitted by Charles L (21 months ago)
    1. Whip Whitaker: Are you a pilot?
    2. Hugh Lang: No, no...
    3. Whip Whitaker: Then you don't know what the f@#k you are talking about.
    – Submitted by Mista M (22 months ago)
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