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Flightplan (2005)

TOMATOMETER

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

Critics Consensus: 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

Critics Consensus: 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
User Ratings: 496,158

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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating:
PG-13 (for violence and some intense plot material)
Genre:
Drama , Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Billy Ray
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jan 24, 2006
Box Office:
$89.6M
Runtime:
Touchstone Pictures - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Flightplan

All Critics (187) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (108) | DVD (37)

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

Full Review… | September 28, 2005
New York Observer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 27, 2005
Village Voice
Top Critic

I do think this is a solid thriller for our times.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 24, 2005
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 24, 2005
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

It's always a bad sign in a thriller when the big reveal is greeted by hoots of derisive laughter.

Full Review… | September 1, 2011
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.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011
ComingSoon.net

Tense but riveting thriller, best for teens+.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
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?!

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review… | July 6, 2007
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.

Full Review… | May 26, 2007
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.

Full Review… | April 15, 2007
Movie Metropolis

full review in Greek

Full Review… | October 3, 2006
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.

Full Review… | August 31, 2006
Hollywood Report Card

A disposable B-movie without much excitement or ingenuity.

Full Review… | May 4, 2006
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.

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
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.

Full Review… | January 10, 2006
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.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
ViewLondon

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

Full Review… | November 16, 2005

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

Full Review… | November 9, 2005
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?

Full Review… | November 9, 2005

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

Full Review… | November 9, 2005
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.

Full Review… | November 7, 2005
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.

thmtsang
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

½

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

TheGame90
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.

76Majikat
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

½

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.

cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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