Flight (2012)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

In this action-packed mystery thriller, Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane? -- (C) Official Site

Rating: R (for drug and alcohol abuse, language, sexuality/nudity and an intense action sequence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: John Gatins
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 5, 2013
Box Office: $93.7M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


as Hugh Lang

as Whip Whitaker

as Harling Mays

as Ken Evans

as Charlie Anderson

as Margaret Thomason

as Katerina Marquez

as Avington Carr

as Ellen Block

as Son on Plane

as Father on Plane

as Schechter

as Camelia Satou

as Derek Hogue

as Field Reporter

as Craig Matson

as Dr. Kenan

as Morning Nurse

as Mark Mellon

as Gaunt Young Man

as Waitress

as Bartender

as Himself

as Himself

as Pentecostal Minister

as Len Caldwell

as Carr's Attorney

as Young Will

as Two Beer Barry

as Vicky Evans

as Peach Tree Employee

as Peach Tree Employee

as Stalking Reporter/Ca...

as Tilda Banden

as Amanda Anderson

as Officer Edmonds

as TV Reporter

as Girl on Elevator

as Mom on Elevator

as NTSB Officer at Hear...

as Prison Guard

as Father on Plane
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Critic Reviews for Flight

All Critics (220) | Top Critics (44)

The best movies concerning addiction are about the characters and not the Problem. Flight is about the Problem.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

Zemeckis has enough control as a filmmaker to overshadow Flight's structural problems, thus making the film both crowd-pleasing and emotionally involving.

Full Review… | August 11, 2014
Film School Rejects

An ordinary drama about addiction and recovery, made somewhat noteworthy by Denzel Washington's firing-on-all-cylinders performance.

Full Review… | July 24, 2013

Until the last 10 minutes, Flight in large part resembles one of those tough, dark character studies they used to make in the '70s.

Full Review… | June 23, 2013

About all the film accomplishes is instilling a fear that the next time you fly, your pilot might be an irresponsible lush.

Full Review… | May 13, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

Not the most compelling portrait of addiction, but it's a satisfactory one.

Full Review… | March 29, 2013
Cinema Sight

Audience Reviews for Flight


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. Williams

Super Reviewer

Good movie, definitely a must-watch. Different than what I expected - rather than a story about a pilot flying an airplane in an emergency situation, the point is really a story about personal admission, and taking responsibility for a life gone wrong. A lot of full-frontal nudity, abrasive language, and substance abuse in the beginning, but has a very satisfying, feel-good ending. John Goodman really stands out in this, and adds a bit of levity...actually, he was a hoot!

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

A great visualization from director Robert Zemeckis for making a movie about someone who should be the hero to become the zero and letting the audiences in a gray vote, to vote for him or to blame him.. Denzel Washington undoubtedly gave his best performance for making a performance that actually a jackass but looks like a hero.. The story itself is simple, audiences didn't have to think hard about the story, they just need to make their choices for whom they should stand for.. Overall, Zemeckis once again successfully stole my heart with this movie..

Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer

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