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Flyboys (2006)


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 127
Fresh: 42
Rotten: 85

Critics Consensus: A poorly scripted history-rewriting exercise with mediocre acting and unconvincing CGI battle scenes.

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 28

Critics Consensus: A poorly scripted history-rewriting exercise with mediocre acting and unconvincing CGI battle scenes.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 88,180


Movie Info

This historical documentary takes an in-depth look at the famous Tuskeegee Airmen, taking viewers through the story of its origin, when a group of largely African American pilots joined the institute, and visiting a training base today to see a real day in the life of a Fly Boy. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

PG-13 (for war action violence and some sexual content)
Documentary , Drama , Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By:
Blake T. Evans , Blake Evans , Phil Sears , David S. Ward
In Theaters:
Jan 30, 2007
Box Office:


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Critic Reviews for Flyboys

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (85) | DVD (23)

Aafter a while -- there must be six major fights against unending numbers of German planes -- it feels like special effects run amok.

Full Review… | September 30, 2006
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Why make such a corny and incredibly predictable film?

Full Review… | September 25, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

The painstaking authenticity and appealing cast of Flyboys can't overcome the cloyingly formulaic nature of its story.

Full Review… | September 22, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

This is old-school moviemaking, for better or worse, which means rat-a-tat dogfights in the sky combined with overripe romantic and social clichés on the ground.

Full Review… | September 22, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Besides some fine dogfight sequences, it often feels threadbare, just an exercise in recycling.

Full Review… | September 22, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Flyboys has computer imaging and a fleet of vintage aircraft on its side, but it remains considerably less convincing than Wings (1927), and less exciting.

September 22, 2006
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Each air battle has been scripted as a set piece that not only shows off the capabilities of the pilots and their machines, but also advances the plot. Bring your Dramamine!

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

It may indeed be inspired by a true story, but what we see onscreen is simply "Star Wars" set in some fantasy French air base circa 1917.

Full Review… | February 1, 2010

The characters, although based on real life people, are one-dimensional stereotypes that exist for the sole purpose of presenting indistinguishable flesh-and-blood pilots for superabundant air battles.

Full Review… | April 25, 2009

The best of Pearl Harbor meeting the worst of HBO's Band of Brothers.

Full Review… | September 16, 2007
Calgary Movies

Yearning for a time when warfare seemed so much simpler and more honourable, Flyboys is a thrilling, spectacular ride - but only when its dull characters get off the ground.

Full Review… | June 12, 2007

This well-produced, engaging film somewhat overreaches itself, trying to turn a crackling adventure into a sweeping emotional epic.

Full Review… | May 10, 2007
Shadows on the Wall

It's as family-friendly as a war movie can be these days, relying on the daring of its amazing aerial sequences rather than carnage or vulgarity to promote its authenticity.

Full Review… | March 31, 2007
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Flyboys doesn't just use cliches - it wallows in them, feeling more like a film based on old war movies than actual history.

Full Review… | March 24, 2007

With its meticulous attention to detail and superior production values, the film promises much more than its unseasoned cast and thin plotting deliver.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Amazing aerial stunts %u2013 they are really are quite a sight to behold.

February 17, 2007

Romanticised battles and chivalry, heroic deeds and brutal deaths, these are the elements that Flyboys flies by, a thrilling adventure from the pages of history, tinged with the sadness of it all.

Full Review… | February 10, 2007
Urban Cinefile

Weak on story, but strong on action, Flyboys is actually worth seeing for the effects alone.

Full Review… | February 5, 2007
7M Pictures

The aerial combat scenes are visually stunning.

Full Review… | January 14, 2007
Laramie Movie Scope

An embarrassing cliché-fest.

Full Review… | January 1, 2007

Even the aerial battle scenes are frustrating because they've been shot with no sense of space (the effect is similar to watching a dance sequence where you can't see the dancers' feet).

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
St. Paul Pioneer Press

You can forgive the chessiness when that camera is soaring through the air.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
3BlackChicks Review

The introduction is slow, but director Tony Bill can be forgiven some sluggishness thanks to the spectacle of his aerial footage.

Full Review… | October 9, 2006

...while the flying sequences might be visually slick and exciting, the accompanying screenplay is woefully trite and phony.

Full Review… | October 9, 2006
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

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Full Review… | October 3, 2006
Movies for the Masses

This time, I simply had to split my vote.

Full Review… | October 3, 2006
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Audience Reviews for Flyboys


Solid special effects and good acting by Franco make this film good enough to be worth multiple watches. A story about WWI flying aces with todays special effects was long past its due.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

This is a great movie about flying aces during WW1. A small group of Americans go to France to join the flying corps and battle the German flying aces, alittle cliched in places, alittle smoochy here and there and rather predictable to be honest but this is good boys own Biggles type stuff based on fact.

The effects are great and do the job, the dogfights are really excellent and quite tense whilst the acting is ok, not great but worthy enough. The story sucks you in with its brash tale of young aces and romance and its not hard to get behind the heroes and cheer as they bring down the bosh haha. Overall its not really graphic with the bloodshed and not extreme in any way but it does the job of showing how the pilots fought and what they went through, with alittle Hollywood sparkle of course ;)

Think 'Memphis Belle' with better effects and abit more realism, good fun with a caring heart to the facts. Scarfs on and chocks away chaps.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


It really wanted to be good, but it was just too cheesy. The dialogue, acting and plot cliches were just too annoying for me to enjoy the movie as a whole, despite the fact that some of the dogfight scenes were pretty cool.

Summer W.

Super Reviewer


What a wonderful film! Right from start to finish I enjoyed every bit of it!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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