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The Spirit of St. Louis Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
April 28, 2011
Not one of Billy Wilder's strong features, this biopic of the ace flyer is too conventional, lacking the helmer's more characteristic humor, irony, cynicism.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Variety Staff
August 15, 2007
Spirit is a James Stewart one-man show.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 18, 2007
The adventure of the historical making flight was captured, but not its spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 17, 2006
Stewart, who was nominated for five best actor Oscars -- his one win was for "The Philadelphia Story" (1940) -- turns in perhaps his most impressive feat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 4, 2006
Lindbergh's biggest dilemma on the flight was trying to stay awake. To a large extent, it's ours, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
It's quite engrossing, with the period trappings lovingly presented.
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 26, 2004
Fascinating, albeit tedious, telling of the Lindbergh flight.
| Original Score: 3/5

May 24, 2003 the end, the long film becomes almost as tedious as the flight that inspired it.
John Urbancich
Your Movies (
August 13, 2002
Loved it as a kid. Might not wear well now.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
January 1, 2000
A haunting recollection of one of the thrilling events of our times has been handsomely staged by Mr. Wilder, and for that you should see the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Not one of Billy Wilder's best efforts -- still has some interest because of James Stewart's performance, which is very nearly a one-man show.
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Billy Wilder's movie isn't particularly daring in its telling, but as a piece of American -- and world -- history, The Spirit of St. Louis is something everyone should see.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
April 21, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
June 28, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 28, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Susan Granger
March 8, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 20, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
August 13, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeet Thayil
August 27, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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