63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The movie's straightforward and ingratiating, and as pretty-boy history lessons go, it's a lot less obnoxious than "Pearl Harbor."
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63

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
While the aerial dogfights are handsome and apparently historically accurate, right down to the tracer bullets that leave graceful, crisscrossing trails in the clouds, they have a video-game feel.
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63

Premiere

By Glenn Kenny
Part of what makes these kind of war movies such cinematic comfort food (aside from the moral certainty they strive to convey) is their familiarity. But I wonder if said familiarity is what compels contemporary filmmakers to overstuff the material -- Flyboys is a good two hours and 20 minutes.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
A decidedly old-fashioned war film that reaches for epic sweep but is often bogged down in cliched drama and two-dimensional characters.
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50

San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
Besides some fine dogfight sequences, it often feels threadbare, just an exercise in recycling.
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50

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Flyboys is so schematic and contrived, you can anticipate exactly what scene is going to come next, and who will be the next to die in combat, once you latch onto the structure of the script, which has all the inventiveness and ingenuity of a flow chart.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Just about everything in the video-gamey World War I picture Flyboys rings false, although the planes certainly are terrific.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Shot like a Disney period piece (prettily, with spiffy props, shiny vintage vehicles, and costumes just back from the cleaners), Flyboys introduces its squadron the old-fashioned way: with character-establishing setups.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

This is a lost opportunity on an epic scale. The actors are so styled and the dogfights so drippy with CG that, as a period piece, the movie almost looks like it's set in the future.
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38

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Flyboys doesn't succeed as a wartime adventure story or as a period romance. Even the special effects, set in a historical context, are too ho-hum to save this over-long and tedious film.
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47 out of 100
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