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Flight of the Phoenix Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 26, 2004
If the praise seems faint, it's nevertheless praise -- this Flight of the Phoenix may not soar, but it manages to get itself airborne.
| Original Score: B-
D.K. Holm
Movie Poop Shoot
December 26, 2004
All that happened in the original, but with the temperature down several thousand degrees.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
December 26, 2004
It's a serviceable adventure film that does the job in less time than the original film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
December 23, 2004
In the end, it may be that man against sand isn't as thrilling as it was back in the day.
Lindy T. Shepherd
Orlando Weekly
December 23, 2004
Silly nonsense.
| Original Score: 1/5
Anthony Del Valle
Las Vegas Mercury
December 23, 2004
If there's one thing you can be sure of, modern remakes of older movies always have better crashes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
December 21, 2004
That faint scraping sound you hear coming from the floor is Robert Aldrich rolling in his grave.
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
December 21, 2004
By film's end the adventure appears less a matter of base survival than a beach barbecue gone slightly sour.
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
December 21, 2004
This isn't necessarily a contender for worst movie of the year, but good heavens--how can you make a movie about a plane crash so boring?
Full Review| Original Score: C-
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 20, 2004
The wonderful character actors in the original ... are succeeded by a fairly anonymous bunch.
| Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
December 20, 2004
A movie about people sitting around the desert with nothing to do runs a high risk of being dull, but Phoenix has enough wit, energy and charisma to keep soaring.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 20, 2004
Other than Dennis Quaid, none of these characters leaves so much as a footprint in the sand. We don't know them. We don't care about them.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
December 19, 2004
It is not a very good film, but at least there is something going on here, most of the time.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy
December 19, 2004
a rather pedestrian remake of a 1965 Jimmy Stewart movie-a movie that in all honesty wasn't really all that impressive to begin with
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jackie K. Cooper
December 19, 2004
Doesn't soar to new heights but doesn't crash and burn either.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
Elias Savada
Film Threat
December 19, 2004
Toy planes might fly at Christmas, but "Flight of the Phoenix" got stuck halfway down the chimney. Ho, Ho, No...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
December 19, 2004
John Moore's remake doesn't come close to upstaging its predecessor...and yet it doesn't exactly humiliate itself either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brian Orndorf
December 18, 2004
Flight of the Phoenix is a rare breed. It joins the small group of films in which the audience may actually wish that the characters do not achieve their goal: to live.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
December 18, 2004
Everything that's good [in the film] has a downside, and everything that doesn't work has something that keeps it from failing completely.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
December 17, 2004
Mirrors the plot of the original point for point. All that's missing is little things like subtlety, nuance, characterization, and human interest.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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