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Flight of the Navigator Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 9, 2014
Appealing children's sci-fi fantasy film, that follows the squeaky-clean Disney formula.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
April 1, 2014
When the film shifts into the action mode in its second half -- the flying saucer returns to aid in David`s rescue -- it becomes quite bright and lively.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Baltake
Philadelphia Daily News
April 1, 2014
The brain-assaulting sci-fi second half of Flight of the Navigator is made palpable by Cramer, who deftly conveys anguish during the first half. Now, he wants to go home and his gung-ho attitude makes every dumb effect exciting.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 1, 2014
Flight of the Navigator, in spite of a rough beginning, soars as it should, taking a child on the journey of his life.
Paul M. Bradshaw
Total Film
April 1, 2014
The early CG FX have aged remarkably well, while the slow build-up makes the Spielbergian space adventure all the more fantastic.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 1, 2014
If there is more than a little something borrowed from Spielberg, Kleiser's movie is amiably undemanding entertainment that says the right things, albeit without great originality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Ferguson
Radio Times
April 1, 2014
This appealing children's adventure has just enough quirky touches to keep adults involved as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 1, 2014
There's no mistaking Flight of the Navigator for a really first-rate children's picture like, say, The Black Stallion. But Flight of the Navigator is an enjoyable film that encourages kids to use their heads.
Tom Cunneff
People Magazine
April 1, 2014
Cramer gives a spirited performance as the title character. Director Randal Kleiser uses a deft touch with his material. The result is a Navigator that's out-of-this-world fun for adults as well as children.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 1, 2014
Whereas its plot may be derivative--and at several junctures, unconvincing--"Flight of the Navigator" nevertheless manages to develop considerable humor and poignancy from David's predicament and what he does about it.

TV Guide
April 1, 2014
Not a particularly original or insightful film of its kind, and marred slightly by the whining of Cramer in the lead role, this is nevertheless enjoyable fare for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2014
Never brave enough to feel far-reaching (or, ironically, far-fetched, when time-travel and space flight are so popular at the movies), Navigator still fulfills its mission, distracting the family for bang-on an hour and a half.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 16, 2013
This children's adventure turns out to be, despite its title, less of a Star Wars trip than an entertaining variation on the time-travel adventure Back to the Future.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Wenk
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
An exciting time travel adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 25, 2010
Innocuously entertaining...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Weinberg
April 17, 2005
Weirdly entertaining kiddie space adventure.
| Original Score: 3/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
September 7, 2004
Pee-wee Herman voices the main robot. If that ain't enough said, you're hopeless.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
December 14, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
This is a film with its head in the clouds, its feet on the ground and -- just often enough -- its heart on its sleeve, in which space-age special effects take second place to family emotions.
James Hill
November 8, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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