Seems to devolve into a season's worth of hokey compacted episodes, with every 15 minutes showcasing a dramatic device more outlandishly cheesy than the last!
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
A four-character story with four characters worth watching!
Janet Maslin - New York Times
A fast-paced, twisty-turny, high-fiving, but ultimately spiraling disaster of a movie!
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Mediocre scripting and direction!
Michael Atkinson - Village Voice
- Houston Chronicle
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton take hold of a scene and shake it awake and make it live.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A slick, fast film!
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
A textured, smashingly original dark comedy!
Susan Stark - Detroit News
It plays like a magazine article: some interesting facts, no drama. Not many laughs either, in case director Mike Newell thought he was making a comedy.
Bob Fenster - Arizona Republic
A lively flight!
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Pushing Tin loses track of itself, and the source of its dramatic, manic energy.
Norman Green - Film.com
- Globe and Mail
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
- Sight and Sound
Mark Halverson - Sacramento News & Review
David Ansen - Newsweek
The movie takes a dive at the end, but it's wonderful fun before that.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Derek Adams - Time Out
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Leonard Schwarz - Palo Alto Weekly
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
- Film Threat
James Rocchi - Netflix
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Can't really answer why this one got made. It's very uninteresting.
John Venable - Supercala.com
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Annlee Ellingson - Boxoffice Magazine
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
- Boston Phoenix
A very impressive film with its serious treatment of the difficult art of transforming hatred.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Andrew O'Hehir - Sight and Sound
Debased sitcom-style filmmaking.
Chuck Rudolph - Matinee Magazine
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Stanley Kauffmann - The New Republic
- Empire Magazine
It placed all the stress problems on the laps of the controllers' twisted personal lives.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
The thought that real-life air traffic controllers are anything like the folks in Pushing Tin is enough to make me travel on Amtrak
Carlo Cavagna - AboutFilm.com
An original premise is made into something far too conventional.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
As pre-packaged as airplane food!
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Bob Bloom - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
Nice take off and landing, but the flight was rather uneventful.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
finds a certain sardonic humor in the paradox of men and women who can't cope with their own problems, yet take the lives of thousands of travelers into their hands daily.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
The film doesn't know whether to take itself seriously or play it for laughs.
- E! Online
Cynthia Fuchs - Philadelphia City Paper
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Quirkily funny and beautifully acted!
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Contrived, meandering, cliched and just plain preposterous.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Cusak and Thonton are at the top of their form!
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Droll, relatively lifeless.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
In settling for caricatures and contrivance, Pushing Tin is closer to the sitcom.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Pushing Tin bids for originality by focusing on an offbeat profession. Every other aspect is pretty stale, though, from the smart-alecky characters to the romantic-triangle plot.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
Greg Dean Schmitz - Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
- Deseret News, Salt Lake City
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Noel Murray - Nashville Scene
An embarrassment for all concerned.
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
- Irish Times
G. Allen Johnson - San Francisco Examiner
A primo example of what classy commercial filmmaking can be!
Arthur Lazere - culturevulture.net
Some movies are worth seeing just for the actors.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
A refreshing, funny character-driven treat.
Kevin Maynard - Mr. Showbiz
I liked most of what I saw, but it was also difficult not to acknowledge how much stronger it might have been with just one more screenplay rewrite.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Occasionally funny but mostly interesting throughout.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
Pushing Tin overshoots the runway by the equivalent of at least one of the Brothers Charles' better tv episodes.
Elias Savada - Nitrate Online
Sandra Ramani - Citysearch
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
A fun little film!
Jim Chastain - Norman Transcript
Offers high energy, a fascinating backdrop and a top-flight cast, but has an unfortunate tendency to veer off the runway.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
The characters here are refreshingly complex.
Graham Verdon - TNT's Rough Cut
John Anderson - Newsday
A disappointing movie from Mike Newell, whose eye for offbeat material fails him here.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Scott Renshaw - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Susan Granger - rec.arts.movies.reviews