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Flight of the Phoenix Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
December 17, 2004
Talk about your pointless remakes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 17, 2004
The new Phoenix lacks the tension, the grim, sado-masochistic Darwinism of the original or the agonizing nuts-and-bolts of the ordeal.
| Original Score: 2/5
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
December 17, 2004
Good with mechanics, bad with people, the film moves its one-dimensional characters around like stick figures in the service of a story whose outcome is hardly in doubt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 17, 2004
I'm not recommending it for those who know the original, but it might work nicely enough for those who have not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
December 16, 2004
Despite using the same premise and numerous identical plot points, this remake replaces suspense with boredom and witty dialogue with lame lines any self-respecting actor should be embarrassed to utter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
October 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rebecca Murray
December 16, 2004
Don't waste your time boarding this Flight.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Cole Smithey
April 18, 2009
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 | Original Score: C-
Joshua Tyler
December 16, 2004
Cheap and half-assed, but not a completely torturous experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Cornelius
February 28, 2005
This new Phoenix makes too many mistakes, the biggest one being the mistake of confusing 'modernizing' with 'dumbing down.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
December 17, 2004
Loud, noisy, chaotic and overall unpleasant.
| Original Score: 2/4
Joe Utichi
March 7, 2005
It's never more than ridiculous popcorn fun, but the fun is thin on the ground.
| Original Score: 44/100
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
December 17, 2004
The filmmakers take a great yarn and reduce it to a good one.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Willie Waffle
December 15, 2004
Ribisi embarrasses himself by making Elliott sound like Hannibal Lecter, Flight of the Phoenix reminds you why The Aviator or Spanglish are so good.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rob Blackwelder
December 14, 2004
There are bound to be very few surprises in a movie that gives away its ending in the title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 17, 2004
This adventure drama about a group trying to survive in the Gobi desert is filled with nothing but hot air.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Pablo Villaša
Cinema em Cena
January 6, 2005
Em vez de corrigir os pontos fracos do filme original, inclui uma sÚrie de novos defeitos que comprometem irremediavelmente o resultado final.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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