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The Theory of Flight (1998)

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17

Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 5

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59

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Continuing cinema's fascination with bringing the stories of handicaps and the mentally challenged to the big screen (Rain Man, My Left Foot, Shine, etc.), here comes a low-budget film about the unlikely love story of people brought together by fate, as well as 120 hours of community service. As a frustrated artist who can't build himself a flying machine, Richard (Kenneth Branagh) eventually finds himself in trouble with the law. As punishment for his eccentric behavior, he accepts community

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

Richard Hawkins

Nov 9, 1999

Fine Line Features

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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (10) | DVD (1)

a charming bit of whimsy that probably would crash and burn with lesser talents at the controls

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

Kenneth Branagh and Helena Bonham Carter generate enough good will to keep aloft a charming bit of whimsy that probably would crash and burn with lesser talents at the controls.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: James Sanford on Film
James Sanford on Film

The cinematic equivalent to experimental light aircraft, this is a bumpy ride that sputters and fails, not quite crashing yet never soaring above its earnest intentions.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

Carter's bravura performance is the reason to see The Theory of Flight, but it's a shame that nothing else in the film matches the obvious care she put into her role.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's one thing to be offbeat and unconventional and quite another to be unbelievable.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Audience Reviews for The Theory of Flight

An interesting movie.
January 30, 2008
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    1. Jane Hatchard: Ah, just so you ah know, Richard. Ah I think you are a ah complete dickhead.
    – Submitted by Douglas D (5 months ago)
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  • Vom Fliegen und Träumen (DE)
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