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Flight Reviews

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
January 30, 2013
'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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
November 8, 2012
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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 4, 2012
Flight is a well-made motion picture, but not a fun or entertaining one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
November 4, 2012
Denzel Washington gives one of his most nuanced and impressive performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 2, 2012
This is Washington's movie from beginning to end, and full of little layers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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November 2, 2012
It succeeds as a carefully balanced cocktail of uppers and downers, of the type favored by its hero. You'll have a good night out, even if you don't remember it in the morning.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 2, 2012
An old-fashioned drama and all the better for it.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 2, 2012
A straightforward morality play crossed with a pretty good nail-biter.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 2, 2012
This movie is captivating until it gets uplifting - Flight soars when it crashes and crashes when it soars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 2, 2012
It's a well-made movie. But after its opening, harrowing action sequence, the film turns into one of the most familiar stories of our time - a downward addiction and denial spiral.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 2, 2012
Zemeckis reins in the story's potential for moralizing and melodrama, instead delivering a refreshingly sophisticated, mature human drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 1, 2012
It's 150 minutes long, goes by in a shot, and for at least 135 minutes, it's a thoroughly engrossing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 1, 2012
Flight reminds us of what Washington can do when a role hits him with a challenge that would floor a lesser actor. He's a ball of fire, and his detailed, depth-charged, bruisingly true performance will be talked about for years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 1, 2012
Shameless, though effective, melodrama.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 1, 2012
A solid, often engrossing film that doesn't engage us overall the way Denzel Washington's work does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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November 1, 2012
One of the big reasons Flight is so satisfying is that it moves with the no-frills, meat-and-potatoes conventions of a first-rate procedural while being awash in ambiguity.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 1, 2012
The image of the heroic he-man, so entrenched in Hollywood mythology, takes an intriguing detour with Flight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 1, 2012
Washington sells the hollow confidence of a practiced dissembler, and he conjures enough vulnerability and pure charm to make us wince as he circles the drain.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 1, 2012
The film tackles serious issues of addiction, legal intrigue and personal responsibility, with Denzel Washington in top form as a heroic yet morally compromised protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 1, 2012
Just a couple of hours with Washington reclining within the contours of a role until a piece of cardboard becomes a character.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
November 1, 2012
"Flight" performs a daring wing-walk between politically incorrect comedy and gut-wrenching drama, and it succeeds partly thanks to Washington ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 1, 2012
There's a lot of talk of "miracles" and "acts of God" in Flight, but it's completely human deeds that make this movie soar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 1, 2012
To watch Mr. Zemeckis working fluidly in consort with Mr. Washington's ferocious performance is to regret this director's last, technologically determined decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 1, 2012
Denzel Washington has fought like hell against the Sidney Poitier syndrome; for every movie in which he's played Mr. Noble, there are more in which he's played a heel.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 1, 2012
We can quibble about the punitive punchline of John Gatins' script, but keeping complexity aloft for so long makes "Flight" a miraculous feat.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
November 1, 2012
But while a movie as grim as Flight could use a moment or two of levity, does it have to be in service to the antithetical idea that drug dealers are awesome?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 1, 2012
"Flight" is Washington's show, and he's marvelous in it. But Zemeckis and his team put everything in place so that Washington could run with it, with unnervingly good results.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 1, 2012
In Robert Zemeckis' "Flight," we watch a master actor play a character who's always acting.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
November 1, 2012
The film makes it clear that every choice matters. On Earth as in the air, one wrong move, and everything can slip away.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 1, 2012
Not often does a movie character make such a harrowing personal journey that keeps us in deep sympathy all of the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 31, 2012
Slowly but surely, "Flight" degenerates from a tale of moral paradox and wounded romance into a mid-1990s after-school special about addiction and recovery.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 31, 2012
"Flight" is neither a simple story of heroism, nor one of a fallen hero. Things are more complex than that -- and it is its complexities that make the film all the more rewarding an experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 31, 2012
For the most part, "Flight" manages to achieve the tricky balance of functioning as a serious, adult drama that's also crowd-pleasing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 31, 2012
AA, God, and prayer are invoked by various characters with various religious convictions in John Gatins' unflinching screenplay, each time with a seriousness, modesty, and ease rare in so many movies about drunks and their journeys.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
October 31, 2012
It is probably more than a little reductive to say that this movie is The Lost Weekend with highly superior special effects. But there's something to that, honestly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 31, 2012
There's something in almost all of Denzel Washington's performances, a calm in the midst of a storm, that separates him from the rank and file, that elevates him to a status among the truly gifted actors of any generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Fear
Time Out
October 31, 2012
Flight doesn't quite soar past its narrative limitations. There's plenty of virtuosity to go around here-just precious little transcendence.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 31, 2012
Mr. Zemeckis has forgotten nothing about how to stage the kind of breathtaking live-action fireworks display that keeps an audience paralyzed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 29, 2012
No actor is as brilliant, or as cunning, as Denzel Washington at portraying superhuman coolness and the scary prospect of its loss.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 17, 2012
Washington's nuanced performance is a tightrope walk between the Denzel whom people expect and the character he's boldly burrowed into.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 15, 2012
A film of individually fine scenes that at best add up to a good, but not a great, movie.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
October 15, 2012
Like Cast Away, Flight's narrative is set in motion by a wreck, a foundering, but this time there's a sort of genius behind the wheel.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
October 15, 2012
Audiences buckle up for one kind of movie but end up strapped in for another in Flight, director Robert Zemeckis' welcome return to live-action after a dozen years away.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
October 15, 2012
This absorbing drama provides Denzel Washington with one of his meatiest, most complex roles, and he flies with it.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
October 14, 2012
...fully realized calibration of suspense, entertainment value and emotional payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: B+