Refreshingly, it's actually about action, albeit arbitrary action, and how it defines us and keeps us alive.
Scott Brown - Entertainment Weekly
A moth-eaten stranded-in- the-desert yarn so manipulative that the involuntary jolts of adrenaline it produces make you feel like a fool.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
There's nothing like dumbing down a movie grown-ups love so it can be 'sold' to teens who aren't going to go anyway.
Mike Clark - USA Today
This is high-carb filmmaking at its finest.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
A sporadically diverting thriller that has the personality of a Diet Coke ad.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
By film's end the adventure appears less a matter of base survival than a beach barbecue gone slightly sour.
Mark Holcomb - Village Voice
It seems less a remake than an alternate version.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
- Houston Chronicle
On its own simple terms, Flight of the Phoenix succeeds.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
- Denver Post
I'm not recommending it for those who know the original, but it might work nicely enough for those who have not.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A motorless, rudderless wreck that is top-heavy with cliches.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
Resolutely, gloriously old-school in every regard, The Flight of the Phoenix is a reminder that disaster films don't need the threat of global annihilation to be good entertainment.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Despite a basic premise that's ripe with promise, the film leaps way over the top with a key performance while also succumbing to some silly cliches.
Tom Long - Detroit News
- Arizona Republic
Shows both how far Hollywood's tech departments have advanced in 40 years and how shallow the pool of solid action thesps has become.
Robert Koehler - Variety
The wonderful character actors in the original ... are succeeded by a fairly anonymous bunch.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
The new Phoenix lacks the tension, the grim, sado-masochistic Darwinism of the original or the agonizing nuts-and-bolts of the ordeal.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
This time out, there's not much out there to look at besides sand, and even it doesn't look real.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
It's disaster-by- the-numbers.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Despite using the same premise and numerous identical plot points, this remake replaces suspense with boredom and witty dialogue with lame lines any self-respecting actor should be embarrassed to utter.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The wings of this rebuilt Phoenix have been clipped by generic scripting and a short supply of dramatic tension that goes slack soon after takeoff and never really recovers.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
A worthy remake.
Kevin Thomas - Los Angeles Times
Exciting (but intense) adventure for older kids.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Remake of Robert Aldrich's revered 1965 classic would be 15% better if not for its abysmal use of pop music, and 100% better if Aldrich's son William had never thought to ride on his father's coattails by producing it in the first place.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
This is one flight that never quite gets off the ground.
Peter T. Chattaway - Christianity Today
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
- Empire Magazine
- Time Out
- Sydney Morning Herald
- AV Club
Entertaining, but brainless, popcorn fun.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Flight of the Phoenix ignores the human drama to focus on cockamamie setbacks that are harder to swallow than the plane's motor oil.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
It's never more than ridiculous popcorn fun, but the fun is thin on the ground.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
If I had seen this film before the original, I might have actually preferred it.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Competent, watchable remake that improves on the special effects and running time but loses the moral complexity and the character work of the original.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
This new Phoenix makes too many mistakes, the biggest one being the mistake of confusing 'modernizing' with 'dumbing down.'
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Anton Bitel - Movie Gazette
...it's not tense enough, realistic enough, or exciting enough to lift it much beyond the ordinary.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Frankly, it's painful to watch such a strong cast struggle so desperately to hold the film together while it falls apart around them
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Plenty of action is here in this exciting remake of the earlier classic.
Vince Koehler - Entertainment Spectrum
Em vez de corrigir os pontos fracos do filme original, inclui uma serie de novos defeitos que comprometem irremediavelmente o resultado final.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
'Despite all its flaws, this Phoenix rises to an acceptable entertainment level.'
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Pop quiz: What's worse than a disaster flick? Answer: A remake of a disaster flick.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
"Flight of the Phoenix" looks great. If only they would've shifted some of the budget towards the writers.**
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
Imagine-a Hollywood action film with real settings, real props and real people.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Tension, teamwork and a lust for life fuel this admirable remake of the popular 1965 Jimmy Stewart film.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
Paul Sherman - Boston Herald
- Boston Phoenix
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
- Baltimore Sun
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
If you think sweltering UV rays, deadly sandstorms and dwindling water sources are bad, you haven't had to contend with Giovanni Ribisi's heinous new bleach blond hair
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
All that happened in the original, but with the temperature down several thousand degrees.
D.K. Holm - Movie Poop Shoot
If the praise seems faint, it's nevertheless praise -- this Flight of the Phoenix may not soar, but it manages to get itself airborne.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Flight of the Phoenix is further proof of Hollywood's inexorable decline from greatness.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
It's a serviceable adventure film that does the job in less time than the original film.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Lindy T. Shepherd - Orlando Weekly
If there's one thing you can be sure of, modern remakes of older movies always have better crashes.
Anthony Del Valle - Las Vegas Mercury
In the end, it may be that man against sand isn't as thrilling as it was back in the day.
Chuck Wilson - L.A. Weekly
- Film Threat
Susan Granger - rec.arts.movies.reviews
This isn't necessarily a contender for worst movie of the year, but good heavens--how can you make a movie about a plane crash so boring?
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
That faint scraping sound you hear coming from the floor is Robert Aldrich rolling in his grave.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
- Premiere Magazine
Other than Dennis Quaid, none of these characters leaves so much as a footprint in the sand. We don't know them. We don't care about them.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
A movie about people sitting around the desert with nothing to do runs a high risk of being dull, but Phoenix has enough wit, energy and charisma to keep soaring.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Doesn't soar to new heights but doesn't crash and burn either.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Toy planes might fly at Christmas, but "Flight of the Phoenix" got stuck halfway down the chimney. Ho, Ho, No...
Elias Savada - Film Threat
John Moore's remake doesn't come close to upstaging its predecessor...and yet it doesn't exactly humiliate itself either.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
It is not a very good film, but at least there is something going on here, most of the time.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
a rather pedestrian remake of a 1965 Jimmy Stewart movie-a movie that in all honesty wasn't really all that impressive to begin with
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
Everything that's good [in the film] has a downside, and everything that doesn't work has something that keeps it from failing completely.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Flight of the Phoenix is a rare breed. It joins the small group of films in which the audience may actually wish that the characters do not achieve their goal: to live.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
A phoenix may rise from the ashes, but the movie just crashes and burns.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Another unwanted, unneeded remake. The mind boggles that Dennis Quaid, delivering more corny lines, is stepping into the role of the legendary Jimmy Stewart.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
Talk about your pointless remakes.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
By the time we get to this Phoenix, it looks like numerous days of scorching sun and blasts of sand are pretty much good for the complexion.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
The story is surefire, like a good Swiss Family Robinson episode revised for a boys' issue of Aviation Week.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Despite its occasional nods to flashy editing and pop scoring, Flight of the Phoenix ends up feeling like the sort of leisurely man's-man adventure movie you used to be able to catch on Sunday afternoon TV.
M.E. Russell - Oregonian
Mirrors the plot of the original point for point. All that's missing is little things like subtlety, nuance, characterization, and human interest.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
This adventure drama about a group trying to survive in the Gobi desert is filled with nothing but hot air.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Nonsensical plotting, equally silly character interaction and groan-inducing dialogue.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Plane and simple!
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
It's like Lost in the middle of the desert but without the smart mystery, compelling characters and strange monster.
- E! Online
In the 2 1/2-hour original, smart dialogue and all-or-nothing acting keep the tension blistering throughout, but in this update, the movie merely seems to be stalling until its final test flight.
Peter Debruge - Miami Herald
Loud, noisy, chaotic and overall unpleasant.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
A ham-fisted movie that doesn't tax your brain with a lot of pesky ideas and three-dimensional characters.
Mary Brennan - Seattle Times
the kind of ersatz entertainment that will make you wish you were stuck in a mile-long line at the mall or listening to a long set of carols sung by tone-deaf kids.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
The modernized Phoenix isn't a bad movie, but it's an obvious one.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
A movie so literal that the character who wears an eye patch is named Patch, and where everything that happens is spelled out with the subtlety of a first-grade teacher introducing the alphabet.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
The filmmakers take a great yarn and reduce it to a good one.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
A routine remake of a superior film from an earlier era always prompts the question: Why bother?
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
A painfully incompetent remake of a 1965 James Stewart adventure.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
Good with mechanics, bad with people, the film moves its one-dimensional characters around like stick figures in the service of a story whose outcome is hardly in doubt.
Mark Keizer - Boxoffice Magazine
In Flight of the Phoenix, Tyrese does not take his shirt off.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
What drove the original was the clash of personalities, but here, when all you have is a just lot of sand, things get pretty dry pretty fast.
Rob Lowman - Los Angeles Daily News
Fortunately, Moore manages to find many such interesting cinematic diversions to spice things up.
Scott Collura - Now Playing Magazine
A serviceable adventure outing.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
The first-act crash is admittedly spectacular and the ending adequately suspenseful, but what comes between is disappointingly routine and completely lacks the kind character complexity that made the original a thrill every step of the way.
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
This one wares out its welcome with cheesy dialogue and a longer than necessary running time, but check it out when it hits DVD or cable.
John Venable - Supercala.com
Flatly retells a high-concept Boy's Life adventure story that's hard to break, but easy to bleed of its significance.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
For a bad movie, Flight of the Phoenix is highly entertaining.
Sarah Chauncey - Reel.com
Don't waste your time boarding this Flight.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
If you've seen the original, there's absolutely no difference in what happens. And very little reason to check it out.
John Anderson - Newsday
This trim adventure saga doesn't waste any time assigning heartwarming characteristics or backstories. It gets your heart pounding the old-fashioned way; it is exciting.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
More standard programmer than action blockbuster, a remake that may not be offensive but is basically unnecessary.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Even with its inconsistencies, the movie offers enough suspense to get airborne.
Sue Pierman - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Effective action, solid suspense, excellent Ribisi, plus enough cliches to equal the grains of Gobi sand that fill the screen.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
Has its pluses.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Tension-filled story showing how a diverse population can work together to save their lives.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Good, old fashioned, escapist entertainment.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
The new Phoenix lacks the very things that made the old one special.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
More like a waddling turkey than a soaring bird.
Bob Townsend - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Cheap and half-assed, but not a completely torturous experience.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
...as a piece of pure escapist entertainment, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more enjoyable way to spend two hours.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Book a one-way flight on the original Phoenix instead.
David Levine - Filmcritic.com
Ribisi embarrasses himself by making Elliott sound like Hannibal Lecter, Flight of the Phoenix reminds you why The Aviator or Spanglish are so good.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
There are bound to be very few surprises in a movie that gives away its ending in the title.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Flight of the Phoenix is not only reductive but irrelevant too.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine