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View from the Top Reviews

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 3, 2003
A flat, superficial comedy that never establishes a tone.
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Hap Erstein
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 27, 2003
Paltrow cannot begin to save this unfunny flight attendant comedy that should have gone direct to video.
Read More | Original Score: D
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 4, 2003
The characters have no wit or charm, the plot has no conflict or development, nothing happens for any reason other than script requirements.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 31, 2003
It's just sweet and light, but it's got kind of giddy charm to it ...
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
March 27, 2003
Poorly lit and tone-deaf.
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
March 25, 2003
Eventually, the exhaust roar of condescending affirmation drowns all else out.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
March 22, 2003
If this is the View From the Top, I'd hate to see the View From the Bottom.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
March 22, 2003
A light airplane comedy that's actually funny.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 21, 2003
There's not much zest here, even with Mike Myers's energetic attempts to steal the movie.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
March 21, 2003
It's meant to be funny. It's not, or not particularly. It's meant to be cute. Maybe it is, but I hate cute. It's meant to be harmless fluff. It is. All of this isn't terribly interesting.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
March 21, 2003
Given that its wings have been severely clipped since it finished lensing two years ago, View From the Top flubs nearly every opportunity to be the comedy it wanted to be.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
March 21, 2003
Might be productively -- and quite reasonably -- assaulted on a number of fronts (for its class condescension, its lack of humour, its waste of talent or even its sheer visual ugliness), but it seems both cruel and unnecessary to do so.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 21, 2003
Just sits there, barely bubbling, substituting Day-Glo costumes for wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 21, 2003
This is a comedy with only one genuinely funny scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 21, 2003
What might fly as a skit on SNL never leaves the runway on the screen as Brazilian director Bruno Barreto and first-time screenwriter Eric Wald set the cast on a desperate search for laughs.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 21, 2003
A dire stewardess comedy that's the movie equivalent of airline food.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 21, 2003
A mediocre diversion -- a movie better watched at home where the remote control can be used (if necessary) to fast forward to the film's best part: the obligatory end credit outtakes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
March 21, 2003
Given the weakness of the script, it's surprising how many top-flight performers participated.
Read More | Original Score: C
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 21, 2003
Comedies don't come much flatter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 21, 2003
A predictable piffle of a movie that never comes close to the heights its talented cast promises.
Read More | Original Score: C-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 21, 2003
Paltrow is lovable in the right roles, and here she's joined by two others who are sunny on the screen: Candice Bergen, as the best-selling flight attendant who becomes her mentor, and Mark Ruffalo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 21, 2003
Who on earth is this embarrassment -- easily the worst film of the year to date -- aimed at?
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
March 20, 2003
You might need to recycle your popcorn cup as a flight sickness bag, as View From the Top swoops and nose-dives between Myers' mugging and Bergen's high-comedy professionalism.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 20, 2003
This satire of flight attendants and their career problems is so toothless and scatterbrained that it doesn't really deserve to be called a satire.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
March 20, 2003
A sputtering prop plane with a Concorde cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
March 20, 2003
One of those misfires that seems like a comedy but never convinces you for sure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
March 20, 2003
Worth commenting on only for its shocking ineptitude.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
March 20, 2003
Virtually every cliché and stereotype is on parade, culminating in the career-vs.-love choice.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 20, 2003
It never comes to life. It rarely even reaches the level of cute.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 20, 2003
A piddling exercise in which our heroine must decide between her literally lofty ambitions and her hunky sweetheart.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 20, 2003
Trades primarily on gags about towering hairdos and the sight of Paltrow squeezed into a procession of Hooters-tight uniforms.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
March 20, 2003
View From the Top is an apt title for this sorta-comedy, which always seems to be looking down on its characters.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 19, 2003
It's stuck in a faux nostalgia for upwardly mobile second-class citizenship for women.
Full Review | Original Score: C