Flight

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Robert Zemeckis makes a triumphant return to live-action cinema with Flight, a thoughtful and provocative character study propelled by a compelling performance from Denzel Washington.

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Commercial airline pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) has a problem with drugs and alcohol, though so far he's managed to complete his flights safely. His luck runs out when a disastrous mechanical malfunction sends his plane hurtling toward the ground. Whip pulls off a miraculous crash-landing that results in only six lives lost. Shaken to the core, Whip vows to get sober -- but when the crash investigation exposes his addiction, he finds himself in an even worse situation.

Cast & Crew

John Goodman
Harling Mays
Bruce Greenwood
Charlie Anderson
Tamara Tunie
Margaret Thomason
Melissa Leo
Ellen Block
Nadine Velazquez
Katerina Marquez
Peter Gerety
Avington Karr
John Gatins
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Cherylanne Martin
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Don Burgess
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Jeremiah O'Driscoll
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Critic Reviews for Flight

All Critics (236) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (183) | Rotten (53)

  • Here, after the truly alarming crash sequence, there are no special effects, just deft and committed film-making, letting us see steadily in long takes.

    February 1, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • However hampered it is by its own beery bloat, Zemeckis's film is morally provocative and bookended by genius; perhaps it is the first psychological disaster movie.

    January 31, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Denzel Washington's natural gravitas seems all the more fascinating when tainted by sins and secrets in this tale of a functioning-alcoholic pilot.

    January 31, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Brace! Brace! Smart entertainment from Zemeckis, superior acting from DW.

    January 31, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 'Flight' is predictable in its plotting and soft in its conclusions. But thanks to that dynamite opening and Washington's effortless performance, it's also an enjoyable, compelling slice of old-school melodrama.

    January 30, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • At a certain point, great actors want to show us the truth of something that may be far from their lives but that somehow they understand, intimately, all too well.

    November 8, 2012 | Full Review…

    David Denby

    New Yorker
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Audience Reviews for Flight

  • Oct 18, 2014
    Quality film. I figured that this would be overrated after all the hype it received, but this ended up being pretty entertaining. I like the fact that no matter how dark the story was, the film was able to shine a light and end on a positive note. The only thing that sucks about this movie is John Goodman, who's absolutely obnoxious.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 07, 2013
    Denzel Washington is a very convincing drunk.
    Beth M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 21, 2013
    A standard tale of addiction ramped up by the quality impetus of the storytellers involved, chiefly Denzel Washington and director Robert Zemeckis. Can a better craftsman deliver a better product? And so two disasters loom: one, a pilot self-destructing on the ground, and two, a plane self-destructing in mid air. Together for the very last time ... It works okay, only the knucklehead emphasis given John Goodman, a cartoon character played like a cartoon, and his musical cues, distract.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
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