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Flightplan (2005)

tomatometer

38

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 173
Fresh: 65 | Rotten: 108

The actors are all on key here, but as the movie progress, tension deflates as the far-fetched plot kicks in.

34

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 25

The actors are all on key here, but as the movie progress, tension deflates as the far-fetched plot kicks in.

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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A woman is forced to prove her own sanity to save the life of her daughter in this taut thriller. Kyle Pratt (Jodie Foster) is a successful aircraft designer who has recently been dealing with the traumatic death of her husband. After traveling to Berlin on business with her six-year-old daughter, Julia (Marlene Lawston), Kyle falls asleep on their flight back to New York, only to discover that her daughter has gone missing. While not knowing where Julia has gone is troubling enough, even more

PG-13,

Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

Billy Ray

Jan 24, 2006

$89.6M

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All Critics (187) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (108) | DVD (37)

[Foster's] such a valuable commodity that I wish she'd spend her time making better movies.

September 28, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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We're starkly reminded that there's nothing quite so fickle as paranoia, and that some people are never more persuasive than when they're out of their minds.

September 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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I do think this is a solid thriller for our times.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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The vanished child one really misses here is that adorably sparky, wised-up kid from Bugsy Malone and Alice Doesn't Live Here Any More.

September 24, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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One of those thrillers that pivots around the question of how daring -- or how focus-group cautious -- we suspect the filmmakers will turn out to be.

September 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Succeeds admirably, both as a sophisticated psychological thriller and as an example of, if not great art, then superb craftsmanship.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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It's always a bad sign in a thriller when the big reveal is greeted by hoots of derisive laughter.

September 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Beliefnet
Beliefnet

As with many modern thrillers the actual plot, once it comes to light, is highly implausible, there are a few too many turns towards the end and the climax errs towards the anti-climatic. That being said, it's well put together and entertainingly moody.

March 22, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Tense but riveting thriller, best for teens+.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

If it's post 9/11, why would they have a plane with bathrooms that lead to tunnel-sized ventilators that have access to the plane's machinery?!

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

a white-knuckle ride into the anxieties and terrors of the new millennium... Fasten your seatbelts.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Following a smooth takeoff, this psychological thriller hits some turbulence and crash lands due to a preposterous, almost comical, turn of events.

May 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics
Princeton Town Topics

Foster is a master at portraying a woman in terror who's trying to balance her fears with a survival instinct that drives her to somehow prevail.

April 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

full review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

While I do think that Foster and the movies she makes need to lighten up, that isn't quite what I have in mind.

September 22, 2006
Christianity Today

The bickering back and forth between Foster and Sarsgaard becomes tiresome. And the erriness dissipates without anything as interesting to replace it.

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

A disposable B-movie without much excitement or ingenuity.

May 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

It's not a good movie despite its stylishness and performances, but it does have a short window of appeal for reasons entirely independent of its plausibility.

January 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Jodie Foster, the real-life mother of two young sons, follows 'Panic Room' with another thriller that allows her to physicalize her maternal instincts into action-movie heroics. (Does her experience as a child actor help explain this protective streak?)

January 19, 2006
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The movie may not soar, but it flies.

January 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

As plane-based suspense thrillers go, Flightplan has a smooth take off and cruises along nicely for a while, but it hits a rocky patch of turbulence in the third act and goes into a fatal tailspin.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Rumor is Ms. Foster's picky about scripts. It's an interesting notion, but it doesn't quite explain the existence of Flightplan

November 16, 2005 Full Review

The makers of Flightplan have trimmed all the meat off The Lady Vanishes as if it were fat and served us the bone.

November 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Blogcritics.org
Blogcritics.org

If you can forgive the story for being what it is, as I could not, you will probably get your money's worth out of this film. When will they ever learn?

November 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinerina

It never really takes off as a fully developed chiller, rather settling for familiar characters and cloudy motivations.

November 9, 2005 Full Review
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

With two and a half good acts out of three and a charismatic Jodie Foster holding at the centre, Flightplan warrants the fare for paying passengers.

November 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Flightplan

Execellent thriller about Jodie who loses her daughter on board a flight. No one believes her. An unusual role for Sean Bean.
September 2, 2012
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T Tsang

Super Reviewer

This is the right kind of movie for Jodie Foster to do her thing. Cause she's good at this. It was pretty interesting...But it's the kind of movie where you kind of don't wanna find out what have happened. Cause the secret is more exciting than the truth. But it was a good movie. And I'm glad I saw it
February 12, 2012
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Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

Although Flightplan is a highly predictable film, Jodie Foster gives a good performance, which keeps you glued throughout, just sit back and enjoy.
December 31, 2011
76Majikat

Super Reviewer

Atmosphere, tension, and acting are what make this an enjoyable, above average thriller. Paying too much attention to plot holes, contrivances, and that sort of thing will only ruin the movie. Just sit back, turn your brain off for 95 minutes, and enjoy the ride- it's much better that way. Oh yeah, while it does borrow quite a bit of elements from The Lady Vanishes, it's not a total ripoff or remake.
December 30, 2011
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Chris Weber

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