Air Force Reviews

September 20, 2019
There isn't a literary line in Air Force; and there isn't a phony character.
December 29, 2018
Air Force can't escape the shadow of its own jingoism. Its point wasn't just to inspire an American public but to make monsters of its enemies. It did so with chilling efficiency.
January 16, 2012
A cheery bit of war propaganda that feels cringeworthy today, in which American soldiers seem extraordinarily giddy about the prospect of near-certain death, coupled with some terrible special-effects miniatures.
July 6, 2009
The versatile Howard Hawks combines personal experience and knowing skills in directing this enjoyable WWII propaganda movie, which was nominated for four Oscars, winning one for editing.
March 6, 2008
Gritty, emotional actioner made at height of WWII. Strong cast.
June 14, 2007
All of director Howard Hawks' skills are on display in this exciting, crackerjack WWII film.
January 30, 2007
For a propaganda film, this one is superior.
March 25, 2006
Although it draws about the longest and most pliant bow that has ever been drawn in the line of fanciful war films and goes completely overboard in the last reel, it is still a continuously fascinating, frequently thrilling and occasionally exalting show.
April 23, 2005
It isn't one of the director's most impressive outputs, but when a solid genre entry such as this is one of your "lesser" films, it says a lot about the quality of your work.
January 1, 2000
Howard Hawks finds a perfect vehicle for his study of the male group. William Faulkner polished the dialogue, but as a silent it would still be tremendously exciting and evocative.