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Airplane! Reviews

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Martin Chilton
Daily Telegraph (UK)
June 8, 2015
The really great thing about Airplane! is that the jokes undercut your expectations so deftly.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
June 8, 2015
Airplane! is a splendidly tacky, totally tasteless, completely insignificant flight, a gooney bird of a movie that looks as if it could never get off the ground and then surprises and delights with its free-spirited aerobatics.
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
April 7, 2015
Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, who share both writing and directorial credits, become so desperate for laughs that the jokes descend to a much cruder level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
March 17, 2014
[VIDEO ESSAY] The film's mixed bag of cultural references spill out faster than you can catch them.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
August 3, 2013
From takeoff to landing, this whacked-out parody is a loopy flight of fancy.
John Ferguson
Radio Times
August 3, 2013
There's hardly a second that passes without an assault by a wickedly accurate spoof, cringe-inducing pun or inspired sight gag, and the years have not diminished the film's dumb appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
September 11, 2012
Directors Abraham and both Zuckers create one of the few comedies that can guarantee almost a laugh a minute...
R. L. Shaffer
January 29, 2012
Charmingly dated, but still immeasurably funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Elliot Panek
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Rapid-fire spoof with sexual jokes and cartoon violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 17, 2010
A hyper spoof of disaster films.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Emanuel Levy
March 15, 2009
Entering imto Mel Brooks' turf, the first lampoon of the disaster-in-the-air subgenre (such as the prepoterously Oscar nominated Airport) is silly but funny, with many good sight gags, campy one-liners and slapstick comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Josh Larsen
September 22, 2008
Most of the jokes are groan-worthy, and some are downright racist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Axmaker
July 20, 2008
Is it the best comedy ever made? I don't know, but it surely is the funniest.I stand by that. And don't call me Shirley.
Adam Smith
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2008
Surely as good as modern comedy gets?...and don't call me Shirley.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Caroline Westbrook
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2008
Surely, this is essential. Maybe, but don't call me Shirley, etc.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

April 1, 2008
Although the gags aren't entirely consistent, it's inspired stuff. And whatever you do don't switch off during the closing credits.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 1, 2008
The gags aren't exactly clever, but there are a lot of them, and the cutting finds a fast, effective tempo.
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James Berardinelli
April 1, 2008
The fact that the movie doesn't work as well today as it did in 1980 in no way diminishes its importance in recent motion picture history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

TV Guide
April 1, 2008
Loaded with slapstick silliness and schoolboy wordplay, featuring tongue-in-cheek performances by familiar television personalities, and mostly just plain goofy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
April 1, 2008
From the clever Jaws take-off opening to the final, irreverent title card, laughs come thick and fast.
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