• Released
  • November 2, 2012
  • R , 2 hr 18 min
  • Drama
  • 6,680 Fan Ratings
100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Flight opens with one of the most harrowing in-flight-disaster depictions of all time.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
This absorbing drama provides Denzel Washington with one of his meatiest, most complex roles, and he flies with it.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
You might bitch that Flight levels off after its shocking, soaring start. But you'd be missing the point of an exceptional entertainment that Zemeckis shades into something quietly devastating – not an addiction drama, but the deeper spectacle of a man facing the truth about himself.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Flight is neither a simple story of heroism, nor one of a fallen hero. Things are more complex than that - and it is its complexities that make the film all the more rewarding an experience.
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80

NPR

By Scott Tobias
One of the big reasons Flight is so satisfying is that it moves with the no-frills, meat-and-potatoes conventions of a first-rate procedural while being awash in ambiguity.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Flight is a so-so movie with Denzel Washington as a commercial-airline pilot who crash-lands a plane while drunk, high, hung over, and horny. It doesn't do much that you couldn't anticipate just by seeing the trailer - the trailer is more exciting than the movie itself.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The plane crash in Flight must go down as one of the strongest single scenes of 2012: It's extended, detailed, technically and emotionally realistic, and beyond that, it reveals character.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The film is not without flaws. It glosses over the story of the dissolution of Whitaker's marriage and does not delve deeply enough into the source of his problems with his son. A romance with recovering junkie Nicole (Kelly Reilly) rarely rings true.
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65

Movieline

Turns out to be a disappointingly standard addiction story in its second half also serves as a reminder that Hollywood tends to be more invested in these types of self-serious movies than most actual audiences.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
One unwelcome surprise is how shopworn the story's components prove to be. Still, they're enhanced if not redeemed by Mr. Washington's stirring portrait of a skillful, prideful pilot hitting bottom.
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76 out of 100
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