Airplane! is more than a pleasant surprise, in the midst of this dim movie season. As a remedy for the bloated self-importance of too many other current efforts, it's just what the doctor ordered.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
It is sophomoric, obvious, predictable, corny, and quite often very funny. And the reason it's funny is frequently because it's sophomoric, predictable, corny, etc.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The gags aren't exactly clever, but there are a lot of them, and the cutting finds a fast, effective tempo.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
From the clever Jaws take-off opening to the final, irreverent title card, laughs come thick and fast.
Variety Staff - Variety
The fact that the movie doesn't work as well today as it did in 1980 in no way diminishes its importance in recent motion picture history.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Directors Abraham and both Zuckers create one of the few comedies that can guarantee almost a laugh a minute...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Charmingly dated, but still immeasurably funny.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
Rapid-fire spoof with sexual jokes and cartoon violence.
Elliot Panek - Common Sense Media
A hyper spoof of disaster films.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Entering imto Mel Brooks' turf, the first lampoon of the disaster-in-the-air subgenre (such as the prepoterously Oscar nominated Airport) is silly but funny, with many good sight gags, campy one-liners and slapstick comedy.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Most of the jokes are groan-worthy, and some are downright racist.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Is it the best comedy ever made? I don't know, but it surely is the funniest.I stand by that. And don't call me Shirley.
Sean Axmaker - Seanax.com
Although the gags aren't entirely consistent, it's inspired stuff. And whatever you do don't switch off during the closing credits.
Dean Essner - Film4
Loaded with slapstick silliness and schoolboy wordplay, featuring tongue-in-cheek performances by familiar television personalities, and mostly just plain goofy.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Surely, this is essential. Maybe, but don't call me Shirley, etc.
Caroline Westbrook - Empire Magazine
Surely as good as modern comedy gets?...and don't call me Shirley.
Adam Smith - Empire Magazine
Brilliant, still funny airplane disaster movie parody. Started new comedy career for Nielsen.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Still the funniest and most inspired of the madcap genre spoofs. For every dumb or tasteless joke that doesn't fly, a dozen land directly at Laugh Central.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Some of the humor has become very politically incorrect 25-plus years later. And God love it for that.
Chuck O'Leary - FulvueDrive-in.com
Psycho ground controllers (Stack and Bridges), laff-a-second pace, and bludgeoning innuendo make this the acceptable face of the locker-room satire.
Dean Essner - Time Out
The definition of 'deadpan' starts and ends with Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker's Airplane!.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Unprecedented nonsense that--fashions aside--will remain timeless comedy cinema. [new DVD review]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
You'll laugh, you'll wish you didn't have to.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Ed Gonzalez - Apollo Guide
Sustains a single premise for its entire running time, and does so without lagging or going limp.
Eric Henderson - Slant Magazine
It may run 90 minutes, but it takes me 120 minutes to watch it after rewinding through the jokes I missed because I was laughing too hard at the joke prior to it.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi - Broomfield Enterprise
If Airplane! isn't the funniest English-language movie ever made, it could at least get into some spirited comedy fisticuffs
Jesse Hassenger - Filmcritic.com
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
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Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Over two decades later, it's still funny.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
The spoof that launched a thousand parodies -- this is the one that's 100% funny.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
More laughs per minute than just about anything I can think of.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
Disaster parody at its finest, 'Airplane!' is a hilarious comic treat.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
If you get half of the jokes flung your way, and laugh at half of those you're still in much better shape than the very best episode of Three's Company.
Brad Laidman - Film Threat
A comedy classic!
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
How can you go wrong with a film that features Leave it to Beaver's Barbara Billingsly as a jive-talking passenger?
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
The finest moment in spoof
Clint Morris - Moviehole
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
One of the finest American comedies ever made. Ever!
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Bob Grimm - Las Vegas Mercury
It's now a familiar formula, but Airplane still retains an edge because the audience is credited with intelligence.
Almar Haflidason - BBC
grabs you from the opening moments and doesn't let up for 90 minutes
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
It's all very reminiscent of Mad magazine, surely Abraham and the Zucker's inspiration.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
...a nonstop flurry of slapstick sight gags, puns, innuendoes, exaggerations, and caricatures. A comedy classic.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis