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Flight Reviews

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June 10, 2016
Not since Paul Greengrass sat us in coach for his 9/11 drama United 93 has a filmmaker so effectively summoned up the primal fears that, for the less air-worthy of us, lurk beneath every lurch, every "fasten your seat belts" warning.
Full Review | Original Score: 4 of 5
April 10, 2016
Between Washington's singular performance and Zemeckis' extraordinary direction, "Flight" sees one of the more revelatory actor/director combinations in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 12, 2015
The best movies concerning addiction are about the characters and not the Problem. Flight is about the Problem.
August 11, 2014
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 | Original Score: B
July 24, 2013
An ordinary drama about addiction and recovery, made somewhat noteworthy by Denzel Washington's firing-on-all-cylinders performance.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 23, 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 | Original Score: B+
May 13, 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 | Original Score: C+
March 29, 2013
Not the most compelling portrait of addiction, but it's a satisfactory one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 15, 2013
The powerful pull of the bottle is conveyed with considerable force...The character fits Washington like a tailored strait-jacket, possibly because he's worn it before.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 12, 2013
Robert Zemeckis boldly returns to live action with a soaring drama that exceeds expectations thanks to Denzel Washington's Oscar-nominated performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 7, 2013
If you've got the nerve, buckle up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 7, 2013
In John Gatin's script not only have Robert Zemeckis and Denzel Waashington found an outlet to profess their spirituality, but they also deliver some of their best work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 6, 2013
An extremely entertaining watch, if not a wholly empathetic experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 6, 2013
[E]nds up saying, [Expletive] those people who want more than a nice risk-free complacent ending.
February 6, 2013
Zemeckis - who hasn't directed a live action film since 2000's Cast Away - shoots the film as straight as possible. But that's not to say it's without wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
February 5, 2013
In Flight Zemekis and co. have achieved something braver than the familiar "drugs are bad mmmk" chestnut, creating one of Hollywood's most vivid portrayals of a functional alcoholic character, and asking us not to judge him not by his addiction.
February 4, 2013
There's no doubt that audiences used to him as Malcolm X or 'Hurricane' Carter will be appalled by the sight of him completely off his face.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 4, 2013
A borderline farcical approach to addiction that's so heavy-handed it could be added to the weight program at a gym
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 4, 2013
Flight may begin on a glorious high, but the long hangover that follows is a prime example of mainstream Hollywood dramatic filmmaking at its most cartoonish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 3, 2013
Zemeckis generally sustains the tension, though the movie is overlong and the full implications of the drama are never fully confronted. But Washington is always there, a substantial antihero with a genuinely tragic dimension.
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