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Flight of the Phoenix Reviews

December 27, 2004
Read More | Original Score: C
December 23, 2004
In the end, it may be that man against sand isn't as thrilling as it was back in the day.
December 21, 2004
By film's end the adventure appears less a matter of base survival than a beach barbecue gone slightly sour.
December 20, 2004
The wonderful character actors in the original ... are succeeded by a fairly anonymous bunch.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
December 17, 2004
This is high-carb filmmaking at its finest.
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
December 17, 2004
A painfully incompetent remake of a 1965 James Stewart adventure.
December 17, 2004
It seems less a remake than an alternate version.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
December 17, 2004
It's disaster-by- the-numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: D+
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
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
December 17, 2004
A sporadically diverting thriller that has the personality of a Diet Coke ad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
December 16, 2004
A worthy remake.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 16, 2004
On its own simple terms, Flight of the Phoenix succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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.
December 16, 2004
A motorless, rudderless wreck that is top-heavy with cliches.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 16, 2004
More like a waddling turkey than a soaring bird.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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