Flight of the Phoenix - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Flight of the Phoenix Reviews

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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Denver Post
December 27, 2004
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Arizona Republic
December 27, 2004
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 27, 2004
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 27, 2004
| Original Score: C
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
December 17, 2004
This is high-carb filmmaking at its finest.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
December 17, 2004
This time out, there's not much out there to look at besides sand, and even it doesn't look real.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mary Brennan
Seattle Times
December 17, 2004
A ham-fisted movie that doesn't tax your brain with a lot of pesky ideas and three-dimensional characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
December 17, 2004
A painfully incompetent remake of a 1965 James Stewart adventure.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 17, 2004
It seems less a remake than an alternate version.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
December 17, 2004
In the 2 1/2-hour original, smart dialogue and all-or-nothing acting keep the tension blistering throughout, but in this update, the movie merely seems to be stalling until its final test flight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 17, 2004
It's disaster-by- the-numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 17, 2004
Despite a basic premise that's ripe with promise, the film leaps way over the top with a key performance while also succumbing to some silly cliches.
| Original Score: D+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 17, 2004
A movie so literal that the character who wears an eye patch is named Patch, and where everything that happens is spelled out with the subtlety of a first-grade teacher introducing the alphabet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 17, 2004
A sporadically diverting thriller that has the personality of a Diet Coke ad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
December 16, 2004
There's nothing like dumbing down a movie grown-ups love so it can be 'sold' to teens who aren't going to go anyway.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 16, 2004
A worthy remake.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
December 16, 2004
On its own simple terms, Flight of the Phoenix succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Robert Koehler
Variety
December 16, 2004
Shows both how far Hollywood's tech departments have advanced in 40 years and how shallow the pool of solid action thesps has become.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 16, 2004
A moth-eaten stranded-in- the-desert yarn so manipulative that the involuntary jolts of adrenaline it produces make you feel like a fool.
| Original Score: 1/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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John Anderson
Newsday
December 16, 2004
If you've seen the original, there's absolutely no difference in what happens. And very little reason to check it out.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 16, 2004
Resolutely, gloriously old-school in every regard, The Flight of the Phoenix is a reminder that disaster films don't need the threat of global annihilation to be good entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
December 16, 2004
The wings of this rebuilt Phoenix have been clipped by generic scripting and a short supply of dramatic tension that goes slack soon after takeoff and never really recovers.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 16, 2004
A motorless, rudderless wreck that is top-heavy with cliches.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 16, 2004
More like a waddling turkey than a soaring bird.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
December 15, 2004
Refreshingly, it's actually about action, albeit arbitrary action, and how it defines us and keeps us alive.
Full Review | Original Score: B