Flight Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013
About all the film accomplishes is instilling a fear that the next time you fly, your pilot might be an irresponsible lush.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 30, 2012
The only thing Zemeckis could have done to make Flight more of a chore to sit through beyond its stunning opening sequence, have a kid kick your seat-back for the protracted remainder of the flick.
Full Review | Original Score: C
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
November 2, 2012
Goes out of its way to ask intriguing questions, and then goes out of its way to answer them in a pat, cloying manner ... That doesn't fly with me.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Vincent Mancini
FilmDrunk
November 2, 2012
If you leave after the first 20 minutes, you'll see a great nude scene and a harrowing plane crash without being subjected to the after-school special about alcoholism that comes later.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
February 4, 2013
A borderline farcical approach to addiction that's so heavy-handed it could be added to the weight program at a gym
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Patches
Hollywood.com
October 31, 2012
For Zemeckis, Flight is still a spectacle, with Washington's ability to emote as the magical special effect. Instead of using it sparingly, he once again goes big. Too big.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
February 1, 2013
"God help me" cries Denzel, as he contemplates his ruinous addiction but it might have been better if he'd helped us by instructing Zemeckis and Gatins not to be so heavy handed in the religious symbolism department.
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
January 28, 2013
Alas, director Robert Zemeckis opts for the least exciting arc - a voyage into the Days Of Wine And Roses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 31, 2012
A typically compelling lead performance from Denzel Washington buried in a muddled, overwrought story about addiction and redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
November 1, 2012
Zemeckis focuses on surfaces but never discovers what lies beneath them.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Devin Faraci
Birth.Movies.Death.
November 2, 2012
FLIGHT stumbles along for a punishing two hours and twenty minutes, barely ever making any nods in the general direction of drama beyond the intense opening plane crash.
Alonso Duralde
What the Flick?!
November 3, 2012
Fooled me into thinking it was going to be smarter and more honest than it turned out to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
November 10, 2012
Denzel Washington flies a plane upside. But most of the time he's high on drugs and alcohol. "Flight" gets you through the door with the promise of thrills and chills. There are a few. But mostly it's just a crash-and-burn soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: D
November 2, 2012
Despite Washington's monumental performance, Flight doesn't get enough mileage out of its addiction drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 59/100
Alison Willmore
Movieline
November 1, 2012
The film sheds much of the life and complexity it shows in the beginning, devolving from a morally ambiguous story to a story all about its moral.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
July 24, 2013
An ordinary drama about addiction and recovery, made somewhat noteworthy by Denzel Washington's firing-on-all-cylinders performance.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
November 2, 2012
It has one amazing sequence in the beginning and a fine performance from Washington, but the way it deals with alcoholism is like a glitzy afterschool special.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rebecca Murray
About.com
November 1, 2012
Talk about your Hollywood endings...Flight could be held up as a textbook example.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 26, 2012
Enjoyable in the Hollywood-popcorn fashion that director Robert Zemeckis is famous for - see "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," skip "Forest Gump" - "Flight" is a drama that would have been better without Zemeckis's kneejerk proclivity for cheese.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
David Medsker
Bullz-Eye.com
November 1, 2012
John Gatins' script certainly has good intentions, but as we all know, that is what they used to pave the road to hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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