Flight of the Phoenix (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

Flight of the Phoenix (2004)



Critic Consensus: What this update lacks in tension, it makes up for with generic action.

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A group of air crash survivors are stranded in the Mongolian desert with no chance of rescue. Facing a brutal environment, dwindling resources, and an attack by desert smugglers, they realize their only hope is doing the "impossible"--building a new plane from the wreckage.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some language, action and violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Edward Burns, Scott Frank
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 1, 2005
Box Office: $20.9M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Dennis Quaid
as Frank Towns
Paul Ditchfield
as Dr. Gerber
Anthony Wong
as Lead Smuggler
Yi-Ding Wang
as Smuggler #2
Kee-Yick Cheng
as Smuggler #3
Vernon Lehmann
as Smuggler #4
Derek Barton
as (Voice)
Jim Lau
as (Voice)
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Critic Reviews for Flight of the Phoenix

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (35)

In the end, it may be that man against sand isn't as thrilling as it was back in the day.

Full Review… | December 23, 2004
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Exciting (but intense) adventure for older kids.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

Remake of Robert Aldrich's revered 1965 classic would be 15% better if not for its abysmal use of pop music, and 100% better if Aldrich's son William had never thought to ride on his father's coattails by producing it in the first place.

Full Review… | April 18, 2009

This is one flight that never quite gets off the ground.

September 22, 2006
Christianity Today

Entertaining, but brainless, popcorn fun.

Full Review… | June 20, 2005

Flight of the Phoenix ignores the human drama to focus on cockamamie setbacks that are harder to swallow than the plane's motor oil.

Full Review… | April 13, 2005
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Audience Reviews for Flight of the Phoenix

John Moore's Flight of the Phoenix makes the most of a plane in a desert.

Running a solid hour forty five, which is a tad lengthy, the story manages a good level of amusement considering most of the film takes place in a single setting; the desert. While the inside of a plane and lots and lots of sand make huge appearances on screen, it's the variety of characters, along with a moderate level of suspense, that help to offset the stale backdrop.

Classified as a dramatic action adventure, the action is the most limited piece of that trio. Not a problem, as the plot details do not require a plethora of unnecessary action sequences.

The cast of characters make for a satisfying conclusion. Dennis Quaid manages to carry the film, while Miranda Otto stands out as the lone female. Giovanni Ribisi dishes out the most memorable performance of the picture.

Flight of the Phoenix has nothing extraordinary, but as a whole it is an easily recommendable sand-filled viewing piece.

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer


27/12/2012 (DVD)

EightThirty .

Super Reviewer


Now I have never seen the original film starring legend Jimmy Stewart so I can't compare the two films. But I do plan to see it eventually. This remake like all the others is probably not as great as the original. But that doesn't mean that this film is bad. I was quite entertained by this film, and I very much enjoyed it. I think it's not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. Sure there are things that could've been better, but for the most part; this film manages to be entertaining and thrilling But like everyone else I thought a few things were missing to make this film truly something awesome. I really enjoyed the film I was greatly entertained by it, and I don't understand why people have condemned it so. I mean the film is not that bad. There are far worse films out there than this one. But I agree that at times the film struggles to find it's identity and that some characters are pointless. But really Flight Of The Phoenix is an impressive remake given the chance. If you're in the mood for a mindless, entertaining film, then this one is the one that you should watch. After watching this film, I can only imagine how the original film is, and I will most definitely see it. As far as remakes are concerned, this is a fairly good one and doesn't deserve to be construed as the worst remake ever made. The film has its flaws, but manages to be entertaining.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Flight of the Phoenix Quotes

Capt. Frank Towns: No one else dies!
– Submitted by Jed G (3 years ago)
Elliott: I'm glad you finally see the light, Mr. Towns.
Capt. Frank Towns: Let's get one thing strait: I'm not taking orders from you.
– Submitted by Jed G (4 years ago)
Elliott: Everyone here is dispensable except me.
– Submitted by Jed G (4 years ago)
Capt. Frank Towns: I'd do anything to avoid another 'hopes and dreams' speech.
– Submitted by Jed G (4 years ago)

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