Above and Beyond Reviews

May 27, 2016
This is a flat-out terrific film that is not ashamed to celebrate heroism and derring-do attitude.
June 6, 2015
Nimbly combines salty old dog storytellers regaling the swashbuckling derring-do of their youth with ILM's whiz bang special effects for a thrilling documentary ride.
May 5, 2015
Stirring docu about heroic WWII pilots who aided Israel.
March 12, 2015
"Above and Beyond" is a straightforward, rah-rah documentary that shines a light on a group of World War II pilots who were recruited to essentially create the Israeli air force during the Palestine War in 1948.
February 5, 2015
Though naggingly simplistic in its historical scope, the film offers a fascinating chronicle of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war through the eyes of a daring group of men.
January 31, 2015
The film veers toward oversimplified selectivity, too intent on its feel-good, back-patting agenda.
January 30, 2015
Although the approach is too straightforward, the film conveys a valuable history lesson that's both informative and inspirational.
January 29, 2015
The film is best appreciated as a straightforward testimonial: old war buddies' hurrah against anti-Semitism.
January 28, 2015
Though somewhat marred by cheesy docudrama re-enactments, the film (produced by Steven Spielberg's sister Nancy) is nutty, dramatic, surprising and above all inspiring.
January 28, 2015
Reverential retrospective recounts U.S. pilots' role in Israel's War of Independence.
January 27, 2015
A fascinating little-known historical tale is stirringly recounted in Roberta Grossman's documentary about Jewish-American fighter pilots who volunteered to fight for Israel in its 1948 War of Independence.
January 26, 2015
It may channel the loose, adrenaline-fueled lives of pilots, but the film's inconsistent, often impassive study of this intriguing real-life adventure feels half-told.
January 26, 2015
The appearance of Pee Wee Herman in this documentary about the birth of the Israeli Air Force is the money moment.