Flight of the Navigator (1986)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Bolstered by impressive special effects and a charming performance from its young star, Flight of the Navigator holds up as a solidly entertaining bit of family-friendly sci-fi.


Movie Info

The year is 1978: 12-year-old David Freeman (Joey Cramer), playing in the woods near his home, is knocked unconscious. He awakens and heads home, only to find strangers living there. He also finds that the year is 1986, and that he's been officially missing for eight years. NASA officials determine that David was abducted by aliens during his blackout, and hope to scan the boy's brain in order to unlock a few secrets of the universe. Answering the call of a strange, unseen force, David boards a … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Matt MacManus, Douglas Day Stewart, Michael Burton, John Hill
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 1, 2004
Runtime:

Cast


as David Freeman

as Jeff (age 16)

as Jeff (age 8)

as Mrs. Howard

as Mr. Howard

as Female Technician

as Detective Banks

as Detective Banks

as Woman Officer

as Night Guard Brayton

as Technician

as Technician

as Technician

as Scientist

as Scientist

as Observation Guard

as NASA Officer

as Hangar Guard

as Control-Room Guard

as Control-Room Guard

as Radar Technician

as Radar Technician

as Gas Station Attendan...

as Tourist Man

as Tourist Child

as Jennifer Bradley

as Newscaster

as Hangar Guard

as Newscaster

as Kid in Mustang

as NASA Technician

as NASA Technician
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Critic Reviews for Flight of the Navigator

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (9)

When the film shifts into the action mode in its second half -- the flying saucer returns to aid in David`s rescue -- it becomes quite bright and lively.

Full Review… | April 1, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

If there is more than a little something borrowed from Spielberg, Kleiser's movie is amiably undemanding entertainment that says the right things, albeit without great originality.

Full Review… | April 1, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

There's no mistaking Flight of the Navigator for a really first-rate children's picture like, say, The Black Stallion. But Flight of the Navigator is an enjoyable film that encourages kids to use their heads.

Full Review… | April 1, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Whereas its plot may be derivative--and at several junctures, unconvincing--"Flight of the Navigator" nevertheless manages to develop considerable humor and poignancy from David's predicament and what he does about it.

Full Review… | April 1, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

This children's adventure turns out to be, despite its title, less of a Star Wars trip than an entertaining variation on the time-travel adventure Back to the Future.

Full Review… | January 16, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Instead of creating an eye-opening panorama, Flight of the Navigator looks through the small end of the telescope. Life on Earth is magnified but without an expansive vision.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Flight of the Navigator

Always loved this Disney flick, great effects and adventurous plot that is kinda 'Back to the Future' mixed with 'Explorers' purely for kids with an extraterrestrial twist.
The effects were fantastic for the time and it was the first film to use environment mapping, the CG was some of the first used in motion pictures and in my personal opinion they still hold up very well today, I might add they also used stop motion in the mix too! truly classic workmanship.
As said the effects were always the star attraction with this film, the ship looked way cool (simple design for today of course), the hydraulic alien arm thing inside was nicely designed, the ships interior was really well designed and looked almost like the interior of the 'Predator 2' ship whilst the other aliens creatures were all decent muppet style creatures which were simple fun and amusing.
The whole film was so well made and showed so much vivid imagination, it was colourful and a really exciting ride for kids at the time, I loved every minute of it. The only thing I never liked was Paul Reubens voice as the alien later on in the film, that spoilt the sensible aspect of the plot and made it stupid with his 'Pee Wee Herman' voice. SJP made up for it being very very cute and one of my first kid crushes :)

phubbs1
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

½

This lively alien-fantasy-action film is exciting without relying on agression. The extra-terrestrial creatures are bad Muppet imitations, although that alien with a cold is a gem.
As a NASA intern, Sarah Jessica Parker looks the same as she does now.

deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

½

Another movie I saw as a kid, this sci-fi adventure is pretty cool, but very much for kids. I don't think I'd like it as much today.

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AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

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